Horse left to suffer with ‘horrific’ maggot infested wound

A Scottish man has been fined after allowing a horse to suffer with a maggot infested leg wound.

Ricky Martin, known as Gary Martin, of Houndslow, Gordon was convicted on Monday (8 February).

He appeared at Jedburgh Sheriff Court and was ordered to pay £1,200 in compensation to the Scottish SPCA.

The 31-year-old had pleaded guilty to failing to provide veterinary treatment at a previous hearing.

The 19-year-old stallion, Silver, had a serious wound, which had been left unattended.

The horse was found by the Scottish SPCA.

“Silver had a bandage on his left hind leg which looked like it had been on for some considerable time,” said Scottish SPCA Inspector Tracy McNaughton.

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“There was flesh growing over the top of the wound and it was covered in dirty puss.

“Following an independent veterinary examination, it was concluded that Silver had a horrific leg wound which he had not received any veterinary attention for.

“There was a large number of maggots in and around the wound and the vet confirmed Silver had suffered as a result.

“Silver required specialist veterinary treatment including several leg casts and a skin graft. Thankfully he has since made a fully recovery and has since found a loving new home.”

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