Long ban for breeder who let horses die

The surviving  horses now live at a re-homing centre in Blackpool.
The surviving horses now live at a re-homing centre in Blackpool.
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A horse breeder who admitted allowing two of his animals to die has been hit with a £5,000 fine.

Steven Lee has been banned from keeping horses for 10 years after admitting causing unnecessary suffering.

Two horses died in a field off Mythop Road, in Marton, while in the 27-year-old’s care. Another two had to be put down after being rescued from the field by animal welfare officers.

World Horse Welfare field officer for the North West John Cunningham said: “These horses, all young mares, were living in a field during the winter with no shelter.

“The weather was atrocious – it was snowing and they had very little to eat or drink.”

Six surviving horses were taken to the charity’s re-homing centre at Penny Farm, Blackpool. Lee, who lives in Preston, pleaded guilty to causing the horses unnecessary suffering at Blackpool Magistrates Court.

Prosecutors said he failed to provide adequate care and medication to protect the horses from pain and suffering.

Mr Cunningham said the case is the worst type, simply because the plight of these horses could have been avoided so easily.

He says: “If Mr Lee would have spent just £18-£20 per horse on worming treatment then these horses would have faced an entirely different outcome.”

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