Farmer, 23, sentenced after leaving animals to starve
A farmer in Lincolnshire has been sentenced after admitting 11 charges of animal neglect.
23-year-old James Hunt, from Louth, appeared at Boston Magistrates' Court yesterday.
It was after malnourished cows were found with their bones sticking out and their ribs on show at his farm.
Animals were also left without shelter and one pig was even kept locked in a trailer.
Trading standards officers said James Hunt’s animals were so under-fed they were at risk of dying and had “no choice” but to prosecute him.
Hunt, of Legbourne Road, pleaded guilty to 11 animal welfare charges at Boston Magistrates’ Court on September 9.
He was sentenced at the court yesterday.
The farmer has been disqualified from keeping all livestock for 18 months.
He was handed a 12 month community order, with the requirement to complete 240 hours of unpaid work.
He will also pay £1000 towards legal costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Ian Newell, service manager at Lincolnshire Trading Standards, said: “At the time of this investigation, Mr Hunt was providing no shelter to his animals from the wind, rain, hail and snow.
“The cattle were very weak and malnourished, and a pig was also found locked in a trailer.
“Throughout the investigation and over preceding years, we tried to work with Mr Hunt to try to improve the situation, but it was evident that nothing happened- our only option was to prosecute.
“We are delighted with the result and hope that this sends out a strong message to others.”
Alan Walsh, Principal Trading Standards Officer, added:
“Unfortunately, on this occasion we had no alternative but prosecution when our advice was not heeded, and subsequently offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 were committed.
“In this case, we managed to remove the animals from Mr Hunt prior to the animals being caused extreme suffering or death, and were then able to give the animals the care and veterinary attention that they needed to make a recovery.”