A woman from Bradford has been banned from keeping horses for life after allowing four horses to suffer.
The animals were in such a bad state that one of them, a foal (pictured below), died.
Kim Broadbent, of Tyersal Road, Bradford, appeared at Leeds Magistrates Court on Monday (14 September) for sentencing.
During a trial last month she was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to the horses by failing to seek appropriate professional veterinary care to explore and address their poor physical condition.
The suffering happened between 4-25 January this year.
“The initial call to the RSPCA was about a collapsed foal in a secure field in Pudsey, and our inspector went out,” said RSPCA regional chief inspector Nick Welch.
“Concerned by what she could see, she called a vet and police who gained access to the animals.
“Sadly, the foal was already dead. A post-mortem found the foal was emaciated and full of worms.”
Three adult horses were emaciated. They were taken into possession and placed in RSPCA care by police on veterinary advice.
A number of other horses were also being kept in the same field, which appeared to be in good bodily condition.
RSPCA regional chief inspector Welch added: “The defendant received numerous verbal warnings and has received advice and attempts to assist by the RSPCA several times over a long period, but she persistently failed to meet the needs of her horses.
“These poor horses were in a terrible state when we found them, and sadly one was already dead.”
Broadbent was also ordered to carry out 100 hours of community service and pay £200 costs.