A Gloucestershire man has been banned from keeping animals for life after starving a piebald mare to death.

Samuel Richards, of Overbridge, Gloucester, was sentenced at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (25 March).

As well as the ban he was also given a 6-month community order and ordered to pay £1,500 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

The court heard that the RSPCA were called out to see an extremely thin mare last year after she had collapsed in the field.

A vet was called and she was given food and water on site as she was too ill to travel. However, the mare continued to deteriorate and died.