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Twenty-two thoroughbreds neglected by man in York

A man who pleaded guilty to neglecting 22 thoroughbreds, was been banned from keeping, transporting or trading horses for seven years.

Ray Vardy, 59, of Leven Road, Dringhouses, York, admitted two charges of causing unnecessary suffering to his horses and two of failing in his duty of care towards them. Four further charges were dismissed.

He appeared at Selby Magistrates Court on 24-25 October.

Two of the horses, found by the RSPCA in the fields in Huntington, York, last June, were deemed to be in such a poor state they were put down.

The horses had little food and no water or proper shelter.

The 20 remaining horses were taken into the care of the RSPCA

Vardy was also ordered to pay £113,000 court costs and perform 200 hours unpaid work.

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