James Gray’s Spindles Farm has been under scrutiny from animal welfare inspectors yet again.

Last Thursday, 20 May, the RSPCA was called out to the disgraced horse dealer’s property after a member of the public reported a lame goat on the farm.

The visit to Spindles Farm was only a week after James Gray went on the run as he and his family were re-sentenced in Aylesbury Crown Court.

Chief inspector Rob Skinner told H&H: “We had a call regarding a lame goat, we have given advice and did not leave Spindles Farm until a visit from a vet was booked.”

The RSPCA is returning this week to follow up the case.

James Gray and three members of his family have been banned from keeping horses but are allowed to keep other animals, because they were not found to have neglected any other species during the raid on Spindles Farm in January 2008.

The family are understood to have 18 goats at Spindles Farm, which is currently up for sale.

• See this Thursday’s Horse & Hound (27 May) for a special investigation on James Gray and what he was really doing at Spindles Farm.

• If you see James Gray, or have any information about his whereabouts, call Thames Valley Police on 08458 505505 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.