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75 Year Old Habitual Horse Abuser Escapes Prison

Today, 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 collapse.

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."

Flannel Foot's Daughter


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