Woman Convicted for Horse Cruelty
Thursday 1 July, at Bodmin Magistrates Court, Caroline Courtney
Wiles of St Clether, Cornwall was found guilty of causing unnecessary
suffering to Homer, a horse in her possession.
Wiles, of Lower Trevithiac Farm, St Clether, was sentenced to a
15 year ban on keeping horses, fined £250 and ordered to pay
£1,916 towards the ILPH and the RSPCA costs.
ILPH (International League for the Protection of Horses) Field Officer,
Jeff Herrington, "We are delighted with the 15 year ban, this
surely sends out a strong and clear deterrent message to people
neglecting their horses and ponies, that the Courts treat such cases
extremely seriously. Other than Courtney Wiles' 15 year ban the
only good thing to come out of the case is that Homer will have
a safe and secure future for the rest of his life in ILPH ownership."
Inspector David Hobbs, added "We are very pleased with the
result as the horse had suffered horrendous injuries through Courtney
Wiles' negligence the likes of which I have never seen in my 18
years as an RSPCA inspector. We are extremely grateful to the professionalism
shown by the ILPH and the wonderful aftercare provided to Homer."
Homer captured the hearts of the nation when his appalling plight
was shown on BBC Animal Hospital with many people phoning the programme
and the ILPH to find out how he was progressing. Because of his
popularity Animal Hospital cameras visited him again as he was recovering
at ILPH Glenda Spooner Farm, in Herefordshire and he appeared on
the programme again just before Christmas.
Homer, together with many other rescued horses and ponies can be
seen at Glenda Spooner Farm when it is open from 11 am until 4 pm
on Wednesdays and Saturdays. For more information call 01432 840253.
ILPH Homer is also in the ILPH Adopt a Horse Scheme and more details
can be found at www.horse.org.uk or by calling Tina Sales on 0870