Woman banned from keeping horses ignores ruling for second time

  • A woman from High Wycombe has been fined and had a ban for keeping horses extended after breaching an animal disqualification order for the second time.

    Donna Glenister, of Tapping Road, High Wycombe, appeared at St Albans Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday, 18 January).

    She had after breached a five-year disqualification order that was originally imposed on her in 2012. At the time she was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to two horses.

    Magistrates ordered Glenister to pay costs of £1,925.67, extended the disqualification order in respect of horses for four years and gave her a nine-week curfew.

    The horse was subject to a deprivation order and will now be rehomed.

    Her ban will now remain in place until 2020.

    It is the second time Glenister has breached the disqualification order.

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    In June last year, the 44-year-old appeared in court after she was found to be keeping two horses at stables in Henley-on-Thames.

    For this breach she was ordered to pay costs of £716.

    A week after that hearing, the RSPCA received a call from a member of the public who said that they believed Glenister owned another horse.

    “We went to the stables and we found Glenister was keeping a horse there, which she had owned for three months. We removed the horse from her care and he is currently being fostered,” said RSPCA inspector Rachel Smith.

    “It is important to reiterate to the public that we rely on them to tell us if someone has breached a ban. We depend on the public to be our eyes and ears and we take breaches of bans very seriously — as do the courts.”

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