Horses had no food, water or grazing land

JAILED: Mark Hall

Hall's animals were left to suffer.

Horse trader jailed for 'immense cruelty' to animals

Left to suffer

First published in Regional News
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A HORSE trader has been jailed for inflicting “immense cruelty” on a number of horses and ponies in his care.

Mark Hall failed to give the animals any food, water or grazing land at his premises in Bringsty, near Broadwas, and Bromyard. A vet found 18 of the animals to be emaciated while two of the horses were later put down.

The animals were taken off 46-year-old Hall and handed to a sanctuary in north Herefordshire shortly after the grim discovery in July 2012.

The defendant, of Bromyard Road, Bringsty, was given a 23-week jail term at Hereford Magistrates’ Court after admitting five counts of causing unnecessary suffering to protected animals and three counts of failing to ensure animal welfare.

He will also be banned from owning horses, sheep, cattle or pigs for at least 10 years and ordered to pay the sanctuary’s vets fees of £13,500 and prosecution costs of £1,800. “Mark Hall inflicted immense cruelty and unnecessary suffering to animals to which he owed a duty of care,” said Owen Beale, senior crown prosecutor from West Midlands’ Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

“When officers arrived at his premises they found an assortment of horses and ponies housed in a variety of shelters, but there was no evidence of any water, horse feed or access for the animals to graze.

“One of the horses was suffering from an untreated injury and was in such poor health that a vet recommended immediate euthanasia on humane grounds. Another horse collapsed the day after it was taken to a horse sanctuary and had to be put down. When arrested, Hall said the animals suffered from a respiratory infection and salmonella, but there was no evidence that he administered any drugs or sought any medical help for them,” said Mr Beale.

Philip York, head of equine operations at Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare in Stoke Prior, said he was very pleased with the sentencing.

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2:34pm Fri 20 Sep 13

tub_thumper says...

23-week jail term and banned from owning horses, sheep, cattle or pigs for at least 10 years?! Is that all?

Not enough. No justice...
23-week jail term and banned from owning horses, sheep, cattle or pigs for at least 10 years?! Is that all? Not enough. No justice... tub_thumper
  • Score: 15

3:20pm Fri 20 Sep 13

deborah-coldicottcollins says...

He deserved to get more than that how bout we treat him the same looks like he could do we losing a bit. Cruel, pathetic, sad little man
He deserved to get more than that how bout we treat him the same looks like he could do we losing a bit. Cruel, pathetic, sad little man deborah-coldicottcollins
  • Score: 8

5:53pm Fri 20 Sep 13

garysparrow says...

Shouls have been banned for life from keeping animals
Shouls have been banned for life from keeping animals garysparrow
  • Score: 8

6:17pm Fri 20 Sep 13

69badger69 says...

I hope that they starve him in Prison and he gets a **** good beating whilst in there!
Vile fat little man grrrrrrrrrrrr
I hope that they starve him in Prison and he gets a **** good beating whilst in there! Vile fat little man grrrrrrrrrrrr 69badger69
  • Score: 2

11:34pm Fri 20 Sep 13

Mr Analysis says...

So wrong, should have got allot more than this :(
So wrong, should have got allot more than this :( Mr Analysis
  • Score: 4

4:34pm Sat 21 Sep 13

laidback says...

Similar attention needs to be paid to the cruel plight of the horses left to exist on meagre grazing from the public highway grass verges in Wainwright Road through Warndon Industrial Estate. These neglected animals are close-tied and hobbled all day in all weathers next to a busy roadway carrying heavy goods vehicles. Despite having been reported to the RSPCA the shocking situation continues.
Similar attention needs to be paid to the cruel plight of the horses left to exist on meagre grazing from the public highway grass verges in Wainwright Road through Warndon Industrial Estate. These neglected animals are close-tied and hobbled all day in all weathers next to a busy roadway carrying heavy goods vehicles. Despite having been reported to the RSPCA the shocking situation continues. laidback
  • Score: 15

3:25pm Sun 22 Sep 13

pinkfluff says...

Being cruel to animals must age people........I put him in his mid 60's - not 46!!

There has been some research to prove that if a person is cruel to animals they are far more likely to be cruel to people. Based on that information I think the sentence is inadequate. It also reflects on how most people just don't care about animals.
Being cruel to animals must age people........I put him in his mid 60's - not 46!! There has been some research to prove that if a person is cruel to animals they are far more likely to be cruel to people. Based on that information I think the sentence is inadequate. It also reflects on how most people just don't care about animals. pinkfluff
  • Score: 4

1:48am Mon 23 Sep 13

mauro balbino says...

In the meantime, the cruel one looks very well nourished...
In the meantime, the cruel one looks very well nourished... mauro balbino
  • Score: 4

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