A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 54-year-old man who allowed a chronically lame horse to suffer for days without veterinary treatment.

Stanley Sales, of Browning Avenue, Worcester Park, Surrey was found guilty in his absence when he failed to turn up at Redhill Magistrates Court on 6 June.

Mr Sales’s one-year-old colt, Dollar, was taken into possession by World Horse Welfare on 28 August 2007 when he was found with an open wound on his near hind leg which had caused it to swell to three times its normal size.

World Horse Welfare field officer Ted Barnes attended a location on Eastbourne Road in Blindley Heath, in response to a request from the RSPCA.

Mr Barnes said: “Stanley Sales’s failure to call a vet immediately resulted in Dollar being caused unnecessary suffering.

“I am hopeful that when Mr Sales is arrested and brought back in front of the court for sentencing that he will be given a ban and a deprivation order, so that ownership of Dollar is transferred permanently to World Horse Welfare.”

A veterinary examination showed that the wound was severely infected and had been caused by an abscess.

The colt was immediately taken into possession and transferred to the equine hospital in Liphook for treatment and was later moved to the World Horse Welfare centre in Norfolk where he underwent a further operation on his leg.