Man guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to three horses

One of the horses who suffered
One of the horses who suffered

A man found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to horses has been banned from keeping any for the next three years.

Robert Fisk (47) of Wendals Close, Walpole St. Peter, Wisbech, was found guilty of three charges under the Animal Welfare Act at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, June 9.

The same horse

The same horse

The charges related to:

. Causing unnecessary suffering to a light bay mare named Roxy by failing to provide veterinary care for a painful hind limb mass.

. Failing to provide a suitable environment for a light bay mare named Roxy, a dark bay gelding called Oscar and a dark bay mare called Tess.

. Failing to provide for the needs of a light bay mare named Roxy, a dark bay gelding called Oscar and a dark bay mare called Tess by covering them with inappropriate rugs for the weather conditions.

Fisk was disqualified from keeping equines for three years, given a three year conditional discharge and made to pay £750 costs.

The RSPCA was called in July 2014 after concerns were raised about the three horses.

It found them being kept in inappropriate conditions without the care they needed.

Fisk was issued with animal welfare advice about how to improve these conditions but, when this went unheeded, a vet advised that the best thing for their welfare would be for the police to seize the horses and place them into RSPCA care.

RSPCA inspector Dean Astillberry said: “The horses were clearly overheated in these warm winter coats in the middle of summer, and the vet said this was likely to cause them to suffer.

“They were very lethargic, breathing heavily and in clear discomfort. They transformed once they got to the rescue centre.

“This was a case when the owner just wouldn’t listen to any advice about how to care for his horses and as a consequence they were put in danger, with their welfare compromised.

“As well as the coats, one of the horses was left with a painful injury to his leg and the veterinary advice on how it should have been treated was ignored.

“They were also left in a field with a makeshift fence made of metal stakes which could have been perilous for them.”