Year Old Horse Abuser Convicted on 3 Counts
Friday 13 September, at Reigate Magistrates Court, Surrey, Ellen
Mary Jones (75) was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to
a filly known as Flannel
Foot's Daughter; of breaching a 1994 Court Order banning her from
keeping animals for 20 years and a 1995 Court Order banning her
from keeping horses for life. She was remanded on unconditional
Says Ted Barnes, Field Officer for the ILPH (International League
for the Protection of Horses), "Despite the 2 Court Orders
Jones (Nellie) has continued to breed and keep ponies on her property,
saying that they were being looked after by a third party.
"Since 27th July 2000 I have visited Nellie's property 35 times
to check on the welfare of those ponies which were giving us cause
for concern. Since that time she has
signed over to us 12 ponies which were particularly neglected of
which 6 were put down on veterinary advice, due to their severe
state of malnutrition or neglect."
In January this year Ted Barnes, together with Inspector Phil Mann
of the RSPCA and the police went to East Park Farm, when Jones was
arrested and charged with
causing unnecessary suffering to a 2 year old filly called Flannel
The filly was taken to Cherry Tree Farm, the ILPH Equine Recovery
and Rehabilitation Centre near Lingfield. Two days later she was
euthanased following her collapse.
Adds Ted Barnes, "It is appalling that the law allows somebody
who has been banned from keeping all animals to continue to do so
thus perpetuating the misery and
suffering of the poor creatures. I can only hope that her sentence
will reflect the severity of the case."