A former police officer has been found guilty of nine horse passport offences and two cruelty charges, by Wrexham magistrates sitting in Mold.

Horse dealer Peter Kenneth Jones, of Plas Power Stables, Bersham near Wrexham denied 12 charges brought by Wrexham Trading Standards, but admitted selling a horse without a passport.

He was found guilty on 11 counts in a three-day trial that ended on 30 March and must pay £6,000 in costs and fines.

Mr Jones, who imports horses from the Irish Republic, also sold two horses with the wrong passports, bought a horse without a passport and failed to notify the passport issuing body within 30 days of a buying a horse.

Other offences he was found guilty of included failing to treat a gelding with a jaw absess and severely overgrown hooves, that also had strangles and causing suffering to mare that had open and infected wounds on her fetlock.

He is the first person to be charged with failing to isolate a horse with strangles, under sec 9 of the Animal Welfare Act, but was not convicted.

This news story was first published in the current issue of Horse & Hound (7 April, 2011)