A HORSE was so badly looked after a veterinary expert said it had a body condition score of zero out of five.
At Wrexham Magistrates’ Court yesterday, 76-year-old Terence Duncan Lloyd of Cross Lane Farm, Pentre Broughton, pleaded guilty to three animal welfare charges.
The offences took place around October and November last year and involved a lame mare called Keely, another mare called Ruby that had suffered weight loss, and two Labrador puppies called Holly and Ivy.
Andrew Holliday, defending, said Lloyd’s life had fallen apart after his wife of 55 years died in July last year.
Prosecutor Glen Murphy said a vet’s report rated Ruby as having a body condition score of zero. Keely was rated as two out of five – with both dogs being one-and-a-half out of five.
A rating of one is classed as emaciated.
Keely had an infection in her hoof causing her to be lame for about seven days and lice were present. Ruby had matted hair and lice.
Holly and Ivy were infested with fleas.
Mr Holliday said that after retiring from working on oil rigs, Lloyd decided to breed animals as a hobby. “For many years, there were no issues,” he said, adding people spoke highly of him.
However after Lloyd’s wife died he found it hard to cope.
Mr Holliday said his client decided to give animals away as a solution but the RSPCA had only been able to take so many at a time.
On the condition of Ruby, Mr Holliday said: “I am surprised at the zero score.
“I have seen worse horses than that but it is down to the individual vet. I’m not challenging it.”
Mr Holliday said Lloyd had taken ownership of Ruby in the summer of 2013 after she had been abandoned.
“He kept the horse through the winter and credit to him,” said Mr Holliday.
Lloyd was fined £400, with £400 costs and £20 victim surcharge. He was disqualified from keeping dogs and horses for 10 years, suspended for a week so he can make arrangements for two dogs which he owns.
Magistrates were told the four animals involved in the court case are being rehomed.