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Woman dumps horses and donkeys at stable and leaves them there to die

By Mason White 3:29 PM June 11, 2017
Abandoned animals
Abandoned animals
By: Tanya Clark

A woman dumped many animals at a stable and failed to take care of them, causing them immense pain and suffering, according to police in the United Kingdom.

Now, the woman who moved four dogs, five kittens, nine horses and two donkeys to a livery yard, but failed to return to feed and clean them, has been disqualified from keeping animals for five years.

Nicole Williams, 43, of Grace Road, Leicester, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court, where she pleaded guilty to four counts of failing to meet the needs of animals.

The court heard that Williams moved her animals to a “do-it-yourself” livery yard in Wharf Road, in Stanton Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, but within a week, it became clear that she was not attending to clean and feed them.

The RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) was contacted, and when inspectors Sarah Gardner and Kristy Ludlam attended the yard, they found Williams’ animals, two Labradors named Will and Molly, 14 and 15 years old, an 11-year-old German Shepherd named Ragna and an eight-year-old sprocker called Deefa, five unnamed eight-month-old kittens and two 14-year-old male donkeys called Bert and Eric, living in poor conditions.

RSPCA inspector Kristy Ludlam said: “We got a call to say that 20 animals had been abandoned at the livery yard, so we went there as soon as we could.

“There were five kittens being kept in a horse box with no food or water. There were no litter trays, so the horse box was filled with urine and feces, which was also in their empty food and water bowls. There was also zero stimulation for them in there.

“Then there were four dogs being kept in an enclosure, which was covered in feces and urine and all of the dogs were in a poor condition with matted fur and urine stains on their feet.

“The two donkeys were being kept in a paddock, which had no hard-standing ground for them or shelter – two things which donkeys need. They were also being kept in the same paddock as the horses, which we would never recommend as donkeys have different needs to horses.

“It was horrific to see the animals living in these conditions. When she moved her animals to the livery yard, the owner asked Williams if she would be attending every day and she said ‘yes,’ but it became clear that she wasn’t, particularly as she was not living in the area.

“As a result, they were living in horrific conditions.”

The five cats, four dogs and two donkeys were transferred into the RSPCA’s care as the result of a court application.

The ownership of the nine horses was transferred to the landowner under the Control of Horses Act. Under the act, abandoned horses become the responsibility of the landowner, who can then legally adopt them.

All of the animals have now recovered and are either in new homes or have been reserved by new owners.

As well as the five-year ban on keeping animals, Williams was also ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and was told to pay costs of £750 ($956) and a £75 ($95) victim surcharge.