Woman Convicted for Pony Cruelty
Wednesday 18th September, at Glasgow Sheriff Court, Louise Gillespie,
20, was convicted of causing unnecessary suffering to a young Shetland
known as Juno. She was banned from owning and being in charge of
horses and ponies for 3 years and fined £350.
Gillespie of Bishopbriggs, Glasgow called the ILPH (International
League for the Protection of Horses) in December last year asking
for assistance in catching her 3
year old Shetland cross pony.
"When I arrived", states ILPH Field Officer Adam Fleming,
"I saw the pony in question whose front legs were matted with
blood and pus from wounds on its face caused by a nylon headcollar
that was embedded in its nose and cheeks.
"As the pony was proving difficult to catch I called the SSPCA
for assistance. Once caught I found that the noseband and the cheek
pieces of the headcollar were
covered over with skin and that the noseband was so tight it was
restricting the movement of the pony's mouth."
Despite a pain killing injection the attending vet was unable to
remove the headcollar which was later surgically removed under general
anaesthetic at the Royal
(Dick)School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. After the operation
the pony was placed in the care of the ILPH at Belwade Farm in Aboyne,
Comments Professor Dixon MVB PhD MRCVS at the Royal Dick, "This
was the most serious welfare case that I have ever seen in this
Veterinary College over the past 27 years. The prolonged suffering
this animal must have gone through can be evidenced by the extensive
degree of bony changes present in the skull."
Continues Adam Fleming, "Let this be a warning to people with
young horses and ponies kept at grass. They need to be handled regularly
and their headcollars
adjusted frequently to allow for unrestricted growth. I feel that
justice has now been done."