Year Old Habitual Horse Abuser Escapes Prison
Thursday 12th December, at Reigate Magistrates Court, Ellen Mary
Jones (75) from Lingfield, Surrey, was given a 3 year conditional
discharge and ordered to pay £500 to the RSPCA and £1,500
legal costs for causing unnecessary suffering to a 2 year old filly
and breaching two Court bans.
On September 13 she was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering
to the filly known as Flannel Foot's Daughter; of breaching a 1994
Court Order banning her from keeping animals for 20 years and a
1995 Court Order banning her from keeping horses for life.
Says Ted Barnes, Field Officer for the ILPH (International League
for the Protection of Horses), "Jones is an habitual horse
abuser and despite being found guilty in September for the 4th time
for horse abuse escaped prison on a Court technicality.
"We can only hope and pray that now she no longer horses has
horses on the farm this will be the end to a long and sad saga.
In January this year Ted Barnes, together with Inspector Phil Mann
of the RSPCA and the police went to East Park Farm, when Jones was
arrested and charged with causing unnecessary suffering to a 2 year
old filly called Flannel Foot's Daughter. The filly was taken to
Cherry Tree Farm, the ILPH Equine Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre
near Lingfield. Two days later she was euthanased following her
Continues Ted Barnes, "To our knowledge Flannel Foot's Daughter
was the 7th equine that has died due to Jones' neglect since her
ban in 1995. It is appalling that somebody who has been banned from
keeping all animals; convicted 4 times for cruelty to horses, should
have been allowed to continue unchecked.
"She has brazenly cocked a snoop at the law and continued to
keep and breed horses. Let us hope that this is the last we will
hear of her."