A husband and wife from Lancashire have been banned from keeping horses for two years and ordered to pay £2,000 in costs, after pleading guilty to cruelty to two horses.

Raymond Hazelhurst of Higher Whitley and Mary Hazelhurst of Northwich pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to mare Rosie and gelding George by failing to provide adequate food or veterinary care and attention.

An appeal has been launched against the sentence. The case, brought by the RSPCA, took place at Runcorn Magistrates Court on 7 January.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (14 February, ’08)