Yaxley man who neglected pony jailed

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A north Suffolk man who neglected an emaciated and worm-infested pony has been jailed for 23 weeks.

Quentin Ship, 72, of Hall Lane, Yaxley, was also given a lifetime ban from keeping animals when sentenced at South East Suffolk Magistrate’s Court last week.

The court heard that Mr Ship had left the 18-month-old male piebald colt, called Whiskey, lying out in the open for three days at the beginning of February last year, before dragging him into an open shelter a few yards from his kitchen window.

Nicola Thorne, an RSPCA inspector, told the court she had received a call from a member of the public who had seen the pony lying in the field and was worried it had been taken out of sight.

Inspector Thorne said: “The most disturbing aspect of this case is that Mr Ship could see this poor animal every day from the house and never thought to call a vet. He was already banned for life from keeping livestock.”

A vet decided the pony was suffering too much, and was put down.

Mr Ship pleaded guilty to one charge of causing unnecessary suffering and two of failing to address the cause of Whiskey’s weight loss and poor body condition and failing to provide adequate treatment for his worm infection.