Ex-town hall boss’ cruelty to chicken

Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
Blackpool Magistrates Court open day pre-pix.
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A FORMER town hall chief has been slapped with a fine after admitting animal cruelty.

Walthaus, of Moreton Drive, Staining, was fined £250, ordered to pay a £15 victim’s charge and was told to pay £1,000 of the RSPCA’s £7,327 claim for costs.

Adam Morgan, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said officers were tipped off about the condition of a chicken kept with two others at an allotment off Newton Drive, Blackpool.

The officers found the chicken had collapsed in the chicken run. It died on the way to the vet.

Magistrates heard Walthaus faced a maximum penalty of six months in jail for the offence.

Michael Woosnam, defending, said his client had noticed the chicken had stopped laying eggs but thought that was because of its age.

He said: “My client did not realise the chicken was ill or in pain.

“He does not pick the chickens up as there is a thought that this is not good for them. He would just observe.”

The magistrates told Walthaus he was guilty of short term neglect of the chicken and that without doubt had caused the death of the bird.