Disgraced Winchcombe horse owner banned for five years
A HORSE owner from Winchcombe has escaped a jail sentence after pleading guilty to three counts of animal cruelty.
Lisa Fletcher, 47, of Barn Meadow Road, has been disqualified from caring for horses for five years after she was found to have caused an Arab-type stallion unnecessary suffering while under her care.
The horse was discovered at Kayte Farm, in Southam Lane, Southam, with an allergy-induced breathing condition, untrimmed hooves, and was severely underweight.
It had to be put down because of its condition.
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The horse was one of two previously owned by Dawn Sloan, who lived in Brittany, France.
When she passed away three years ago, her daughter, Lisa Sloan, allowed Fletcher to care for the animal.
But it was during financial difficulties that Raji, a grey stallion, suffered greatly.
Fletcher claimed that she had lost her job after her employer died last November. But, instead of explaining that she couldn't afford to care for the animals further, she decided to "resolve the situation" herself.
The horse was reported to the RSPCA by personnel at Kayte Farm in February.
Prosecutor Nick Sutton told Cheltenham Magistrates Court yesterday that Fletcher "should not care for horses".
He added that, having claimed to have owned horses for more than two decades, Fletcher did so "with limited knowledge".
Presiding magistrate Michelle Eccles said: "I don't think that anybody in court today is not distressed by what we have heard." Causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could result in a prison sentence, she added.
Fletcher was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work over a year and must pay costs of £4,590.93.
Mrs Sloan's daughter, Lisa, 40, from Scunthorpe, spoke of her disappointment at the sentence
She told the Echo: "I think she deserved a harsher sentence. It's just sad that my mum is up there and this has happened to her horse.
"I feel like I have let down my mum and Raji. He suffered for a long time but I couldn't find him."
Raji's daughter, Aurora, who was also under the care of Fletcher, is healthy.