Horse trader Mark Hall, 46, is in jail because he caused the horses and ponies in his care immense cruelty per the authorities. Hall did not provide the horses any food or water, nor did he give the animals access to any grazing land on his property in Brinsty near Broadwas and Bromyard. The vet called in found 18 animals severely emaciated and two of these horses had to be euthanized.
Shortly after the discovery of these wasting horses was made, they were taken away from Hall and their care and welfare was taken over by a sanctuary in north Herefordshire [in 2012].
After admitting five counts of inflicting unnecessary suffering and three counts of failing to take care of their welfare and safety, Hall was given 23 weeks in jail at Hereford Magistrates Court. He cannot own horses or livestock for 10 years. Hall was made responsible for the sanctuary’s veterinary fees of £13,500 as well as prosecution costs of £1,800.
The senior crown prosecutor Owen Beale, from West Midlands’ Crown Prosecution Service, noted that Hall was cruel as he inflicted this unnecessary suffering to the animals when he should have been caring for them. He tells of the animals having some shelters but they had no food, no water and could not get to any grazing land.
One of the horses was suffering from an untreated injury and was in such poor health that a vet recommended immediate euthanasia on humane grounds. Another horse collapsed the day after it was taken to a horse sanctuary and had to be put down. When arrested, Hall said the animals suffered from a respiratory infection and salmonella, but there was no evidence that he administered any drugs or sought any medical help for them.
Head of equine operations at Bransby Horses Rescue Philip York was pleased with the sentence given to Hall.
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