December 13 2013 Latest news:
By Matt Hunter
Friday, August 16, 2013
A Newmarket racehorse trainer has been sentenced after a horse was found collapsed in a stable.
Michael Hammond, of Lester Piggott Way, Newmarket, pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court.
The thoroughbred mare, known as Galaxy, was found underweight, dehydrated, weak and suffering from diarrhoea in a Cambridgeshire stable.
Hammond was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs to World Horse Welfare and 40 hours community service.
The horse’s owner, Heidi Challis of Queensway, Soham, received a £70 fine and was ordered to pay £470 in costs.
The horse is now recovering in the charity World Horse Welfare’s care.
Field officer for the charity, Jacko Jackson, said: “A thoroughbred filly, Galaxy, was collapsed and suffering from dehydration. Trading Standards were able to reach the scene first and I arranged for a vet to meet them there and administer emergency treatment.
“When I was able to reach the site Galaxy was standing but it was clear that she was within days of dying and had given up on her battle for life.
“We removed her from the site and to safety under Section 4 of Animal Welfare Act. She was brought to our Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Norfolk, for immediate care.”