Man Sentenced for Horse Cruelty
Norwich Magistrates Court today, Monday 16 September, Frederick
Arthur Agombar of Little Witchingham, near Norwich, was sentenced
to 28 days in prison
for causing unnecessary suffering to a 14.3 hh black cob gelding
in his possession. He was also given a 5 year ban on keeping non
domestic animals and a confiscation
order was placed on the horse, cart, and harness.
Following a complaint received through the ILPH (International League
for the Protection of Horses) Welfare line from a concerned member
of the public a joint
ILPH/RSPCA operation was launched to monitor Agombar taking people
on tours around Norwich City centre in his horse and cart.
Agombar's horse, Arthur, had large open sores on his back due to
badly fitting harness and a poorly designed cart. The horse was
barefoot except for Australian boots on all four feet that were
wholly unsuitable for the purpose for which they were being used.
The Department for Transport (DFT) has a very comprehensive Code
of Practice for Horse Drawn Vehicles used to carry fare paying passengers
* driver competence;
* vehicle safety;
* and animal welfare
Comments ILPH Field Officer Jacko Jackson, "Unfortunately although
the DFT Code of Practice is excellent it is only a guide and not
enforceable and people with no
related horse experience such as Agombar, can set up in business
"The ILPH would like to see enforceable regulations along the
lines of the DFT Code of Practice to ensure good practice and the
welfare of the horses.
"Mr Agombar must now accept that he did cause the horse suffering,
which is reflected in his sentence."