A WOMAN who has cared for horses for more than 30 years has been banned from keeping all equines for the next five years.
But Rosemary Kinsella, 53, later attacked the RSPCA for killing her two horses after they had been nursed back to health – because they could not find new homes for them.
She admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a rescue horse which she saved from slaughter, by failing to get it veterinary attention.
It was said in court to be emaciated.
Kinsella later hit out at the RSPCA and said they should be banned from keeping horses – after she heard for the first time in court that her horse Gypsy, and its companion Soney, had both been put down despite being nursed back to health.
“I think it is disgusting,” she said after the hearing at Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold.
Kinsella, of Bryn Clywedog, Coedpoeth, was placed on a three month community order under which she will be tagged to remain indoors between 7pm and 7am.
A five year banning order was made meaning she cannot keep horses for that period and she was ordered to pay £810 in costs.
Kinsella broke down in court when Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting for the RSPCA, said the horses had recovered but that both had been put down when the RSPCA had been unable to rehome them.
Brian Cross, defending, said his client had been hoping that the prosecution would have a photograph of how both horses now looked after being nursed back to health.
She was devastated to be told that they had been put down simply because they could not be rehomed.
Outside court a clearly upset Kinsella said that she was devastated.
She had taken in the mare Gypsy after some gipsies said she had come to the end of her breeding life and was going to slaughter.
“I looked into her big brown eyes and I fell in love with her,” she said.
The horse was in foal and gave birth but she had become thin.
The RSPCA seized both horses.
Kinsella said that when the RSPCA were seizing Gypsy she asked them to take her other mare Soney with her because they were companions.
“There was nothing wrong with Soney. I was not charged in connection with Soney. I am devastated they were both put down. I expected them to be happy in retirement somewhere,” she said.
“Soney has been put down simply because she was Gypsy’s companion.”
In court, Mr Barnes said that there had been a number of visits to her land at Coedpoeth and Miss Kinsella had been advised over the care of her horses.
They were thin with lice and on occasions barbed wire was entangled in the horses, and there was insufficient grazing or feed. Ragwort, which could be fatal for horses, had also been found on the land.
Both horses were seized when Mr Barnes said they were found to be emaciated and Kinsella admitted causing Gypsy unnecessary suffering by failing to get vet’s assistance.
The second charge related to failing to provide the horses with a safe environment, which the RSPCA said was dangerous. Photographs of the mud around the feeding area were provided and there were dangerous items of scrap and fence wire in the field.
Questioned by magistrates, he said the two horses had improved to a point where rehoming was a possibility, but it proved not to be possible.
Brian Cross, defending, said the basis of plea which had been accepted was very important.
His client admitted failing to keep the horses in a proper environment but while she had improved fencing and conditions, she had not got around to completing the job because of lack of money.
She did not face any charges about the condition of Soney and had not called a vet to Gypsy because of the involvement of the RSPCA vet.
He said she had followed the RSPCA’s advice in respect of Gypsy but unfortunately her condition had not improved as it should have. An expert’s report referred to a parasite in the gut.
Kinsella had kept horses for 30 years.
She had seven acres where she kept them and it was clear that she had taken Gypsy on to save her from slaughter.
The conditions of the ban on keeping all equines would mean she would even have to give up helping others with their horses and working voluntarily at a local riding school.
Afer the court hearing a spokesman for the RSPCA in Wales said: “The RSPCA does everything it can to rehome those animals that are suitable for rehoming.
“It is also a difficult time to find new homes for horses.
“We currently have 800 horses in our care needing new homes and only space in our centres for 100 of them.
“We make every effort to work with animals and address their problems but sadly, in this case, two of the horses were not able to be rehomed for various reasons, including severe behavioural problems.”