An animal welfare charity is urging people to be vigilant for people breaking bans on keeping animals.
The call from the RSPCA follows a court case involving a woman from High Wycombe, Bucks, who was caught keeping horses following a court ban.
Donna Glenister, 44, of Tapping Road, Lane End, High Wycombe, appeared before magistrates at High Wycombe Magistrates Court on Wednesday (17 June).
The RSPCA found out that Glenister, who was given a five-year ban in 2012, had two horses at a stables in Henley-on-Thames.
The owners of the stables did not know about Glenister’s ban.
Both horses, an ex-racehorse called Deliberation (pictured) and a filly called Olivia, were removed from her care in March and have since been rehomed by the RSPCA.
The magistrate agreed that Glenister had breached a recognised court order, and she was ordered to pay a total of £716 in fines and costs.
Her ban will remain until 2017.
In light of this case, the RSPCA is urging people to stay vigilant, and report anyone who has breached a court ordered ban on keeping animals.
RSPCA Inspector Rachel Smith said: “The RSPCA depends on the public being our eyes and ears.
“As this case demonstrates, the courts do take these matters seriously — and so do we.”
She urged any member of the public who knows of anyone who is banned from keeping animals and to contact them on 0300 123 4999.
In 2014, the animal welfare charity secured 2,419 convictions by private prosecution to protect animals against those who break the law.