Woman’s guilty plea to animal care charges

A HORSE keeper has admitted repeatedly failing to look after animals in her care at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court.

Renee Walker, 31, of North Street, Middle Rasen – previously of Grasby Road, North Kelsey Moor – pleaded guilty to six offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

Walker failed to make sure a chestnut mare at The Orchards in Utterby, Louth, was protected from pain, injury and suffering between July 13, 2010 and August 3, 2010, after she did not get a vet to treat an injury to its nose.

During this time Walker failed to make sure the horse was given a suitable diet for its breed, age, sex and condition.

The court heard how Walker admitted failing to get veterinary care for a bay mare with an injured right front knee, between January 4, 2011 and January 6, 2011 at Pinneys Farm in Smithy Lane, Bigby. Walker did not make sure the horse was protected from suffering.

Walker admitted three allegations of failing to make sure the needs of a dun gelding were met, between January 1, 2011 and January 11, 2011 at Cress Cottage Livery in Marsh Lane, Healing.

She did not explore and address the causes of the horse’s weight loss, protect the horse from suffering by controlling internal parasites, and failed to make sure it had a suitable diet.

She was also accused of six allegations of causing unnecessary suffering to animals, but these were dismissed by the court.

Walker has been remanded on unconditional bail until February 17 and will be sentenced later this year.