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Joint investigation leads to successful prosecution

In a joint operation between Herefordshire Council and the RSPCA a local owner of livestock has been successfully prosecuted for multiple offences against animals.

On the 9 December 2014 at Hereford Magistrates Court, Mr Clive Williams of 2 Seabourne Cottages, Madley entered a guilty plea to 109 offences against livestock.

On 23 January 2015 he was given a three month and one month concurrent suspended sentence, a life ban on keeping animals except dogs and a 30 day community order. He was also ordered to hand over possession of the sheep to the RSPCA, although at the time of the sentencing the location of the sheep was unknown. 

Herefordshire Council prosecuted the two counts under the Animal By Products Regulations for failing to dispose of dead sheep to which the one month suspended sentence with £500 costs. While the welfare prosecutions were brought by the RSPCA.

David Hough, service manager for trading standards and animal health said: “It is imperative that dead livestock are removed and disposed of quickly in a proper manner, in this case this did not happen.”

Pippa Boyd, RSPCA deputy chief inspector and the investigating officer said: "Just because this case involved farm animals doesn’t make the level of suffering any less significant. The law applies to livestock just as much as it does to pets, and so owners have a duty of care to make sure their animals are healthy and properly cared for.

Many of the sheep were in a poor condition and we are pleased that the court recognised this and considered the evidence sufficient to issue the lifetime ban."

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