Family Banned for Life for Pony Cruelty
Wednesday 17 December, at Ely Magistrates Court, Sandra Rose Loveridge
38, her husband George Robert Loveridge 37, and his father John
William Smith, 71 of Littleport, Cambridgeshire were found guilty
of causing unnecessary suffering to 2 ponies in their possession.
& Mrs Loveridge, of 31 Parsons Lane, Littleport, Ely, and Mr
John William Smith, who all pleaded not guilty to the charges, were
disqualified from keeping horses for life, and ordered to pay £400
costs each. The Court placed a confiscation order on the mare and
foal that survived because the defendants showed a complete lack
of awareness of the care and welfare that these ponies needed and
no remorse that their negligence had led to the death of one of
the end of February this year ILPH Field Officer, Jonathan (Jacko)
Jackson was driving along the A10 at Littleport when he saw some
ponies in a field beside the road that looked underweight.
they appeared to be rather thin," Jacko comments, "I went
into the field for a closer look. I found that one of them, a chestnut
mare, that was lying down could not get up. She was badly emaciated
and distressed that she was unable to get up. From the marks in
the grass, which extended over some distance, I came to the conclusion
that she had been down for some considerable time."
the chestnut mare never got up and she was euthanased by a vet on
the spot. A grey mare and her coloured foal, who were also emaciated,
were taken to ILPH Hall Farm in Norfolk, where they made a full
Jacko, "We couldn't be more pleased with the sentencing. People
who neglect the welfare of their horses and ponies and cause them
to suffer for such a long period, as was seen in this case, must
suffer the consequences themselves. A life ban on keeping horses
is the best we could have hoped for."