Harlow man Aaron Gumble fined for neglecting horse on Harlow Common

Communities / Tue 21st Jul 2015 at 12:52pm

A MAN from Harlow admitted neglecting his horse at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Monday 20 July 2015).

Aaron Gumble (dob 15.02.97) of The Sweyns, pleaded guilty to animal welfare offences concerning a black and white mare including failing to address poor body condition and weight loss, not providing veterinary care for wounds on her back and not providing suitable environment, fresh drinking water or treating hooves.

He was disqualified from keeping horses for five years, given a 12 month community order involving 180 hours unpaid work, and made to pay £1,200 in costs.

The RSPCA was first called in December 2013 after concern had been raised about the horse, now called Twiglet, found on Harlow Common. She was tethered, and had no water, hay, and was in a very poor body condition.

Despite several attempts to advise the defendants on the horse’s care she was again found in an emaciated condition by a Redwings officer in February and so was taken into possession by police on welfare grounds and placed into their care. At this stage she was four months pregnant.

An RSPCA inspector said: “Poor Twiglet was in a terrible state. She was emaciated with open infected wounds on her body which had not been treated, and was also extremely dehydrated.

“Her most basic needs had simply not been taken care of – she was living in completely unsuitable conditions without food or water.”

“She was given the name Twiglet because she so hungry when she was found, that she was eating a branch – the only food she could find.

“We had given a lot of advice and issued three advisory notices, yet the advice had not been heeded so we had no choice but to take her into care. We had to prosecute to prevent further horses from suffering.”

Senior Field Officer Jo Franklin said: “Twiglet was in extremely poor condition when we found her. In fact she was so thin that we had no idea she was actually pregnant.

Horse on Harlow Common“Thank goodness we got to her when we did as she would never have had the nutrition she needed if we had left her where she was. She was brought to Redwings and in the September she gave birth to a healthy foal who we named Frazzle. Both mare and foal are now doing really well in our care. Thanks so much to the RSPCA for bringing justice in this case.”

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