Cruelty case woman could face jail after 41 horses removed

  • A judge has warned a Denbighshire woman that she could be facing a prison sentence after being found guilty of three charges of animal cruelty.

    Anita Ashley, 56, of Coral Springs, Llandegla, had faced 10 allegations of cruelty under the animal welfare act, but after a two week trial was found guilty of three counts on February 6 at Denbighshire Magistrates’ Court.

    The charges refer to her failing to provide veterinary attention to a stallion that had a severely overgrown tooth that stopped him from eating and a German Shepherd puppy with a broken leg, and two Highland cattle which she fail to control.

    A second defendant, 70-year-old Duncan Lloyd, admitted failing to provide food and shelter for a foal found lying in mud at his farm at Ty Newedd, also in Llandegla.

    He was acquitted on a further five charges.

    The charges follow the removal of 41 horses and 24 dogs from the two premises by Denbighshire County Council in January and February 2008.

    Both defendants will be sentenced next month.

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