Man Found Guilty of Pony Cruelty
Wednesday 17th December, at Swaffham Magistrates Court, Norfolk,
Clonus Jones, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering
to a yearling piebald colt in his possession.
of Shelfanger Road, Diss changed his plea from not guilty to guilty
only minutes prior to the hearing at which he was convicted. The
Magistrates did not accept any of his mitigating circumstances concerning
the horse and sentencing was deferred until 14 January 2004.
a call to the ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses)
concerning the welfare of a pony in Diss, ILPH Field Officer Jonathon
(Jacko) Jackson and Inspector Mark Neopold of the RSPCA visited
the area to investigate. In Sandy Lane, Diss they found a badly
emaciated coloured colt tethered around the neck by a an old car
Jacko Jackson, "The youngster was in an appalling condition
and barely able to stand. Not long after we reached him he collapsed
due to this weak state and the constriction of the seat belt around
Jacko, "Sadly the youngster is no longer alive as Mr Jones
insisted his vet put him down, contrary to the wishes of those present,
rather than surrender him to us."