Farmer guilty of ‘significant neglect’

Court news
Court news

A farmer, who left cattle, sheep and a pig without food and in poor conditions, has pleaded guilty to significant animal neglect.

Boston Magistrates’ Court heard how James Hunt, 23, from Louth, admitted four offences relating to sheep in Bleasby Moor.

And he admitted a further seven offences relating to the welfare and registration of his cattle and a pig.

The offences relating to the sheep in Bleasby Moor involved the animals being given an inadequate diet, not being inspected and not being recorded properly.

The chairman of the bench at Boston Magistrates’ Court said: “There has been quite a significant level of neglect and the defendant perhaps misinterpreted the limits of his experience in committing offences over a length of time.”

The offences came to light after an investigation by Lincolnshire Trading Standards.

Service manager Ian Newell 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 a pig was also found locked in a trailer.”

Hunt will be sentenced on October 21.