A man from Cheshire has been jailed for four months for allowing a filly to become severely emaciated.

Leslie John Dee, of Sandford Avenue, Gorton, was banned from looking after a horse or dog for seven years by Macclesfield magistrates on 8 January. He also may not deal in or transport horses.

The bay pony had to be put down by RSPCA inspectors after it was found collapsed in mud at a property in Disley in January 2008.

It also had a severe parasitic infestation.

The court heard Dee had 20 years’ experience of looking after horses.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (22 January, ’09)