Abuser Escapes Jail for Breach of Ban on Keeping Horse
Hyndburn Magistrates Court, Accrington, Lancashire today, Monday
30 June, Allan Clynch, of 6 Barn Meadow, Gt Harwood, Lancs, was
before the bench for sentencing following a conviction earlier this
month, for breaching a ban on keeping horses.
a complaint received by the ILPH on 3rd March 2003 about an abandoned
pony in Alan Ramsbottom Way, Gt. Harwood. ILPH Field Officer Chris
Williamson was sent to investigate and he found the abandoned pony,
known as Frankie, a 13 hh bay 7 year old stallion, which was removed
to ILPH Penny Farm near Blackpool for safe keeping.
enquiries revealed that the owner of the pony, Allan Clynch, who
had been keeping Frankie in his garage prior to abandoning him,
had been banned from keeping horses for 3 years in May last year.
Magistrates Court today sentenced Clynch to a 12 month probation
order which will overlap an existing one and because he already
has extensive fines to pay from previous convictions, all costs
have been waived.
ILPH Field Officer, Chris Williamson, "Mr Clynch has blatantly
disregarded his disqualification by continuing to keep a pony. He
then attempted to deny the fact to the Police and welfare organisations.
We are bitterly disappointed with this result as it clearly does
not reflect the severity of his crime.
the hearing the Court made it clear to Clynch that his ban covered
all equines, not just horses, and any further breach of the ban
would result in a probable custodial sentence."
Sarah Hill of the RSPCA said, "We are very disappointed that
the costs have not been awarded to the RSPCA to cover the amount
of time their inspectors have put into this case. We feel that he
has been treated very leniently."
for Frankie he will remain in the care of the ILPH for the rest
of his life as he has been signed over to them.