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Farm Owner Jailed Over “Total Animal Welfare Disaster”

by | November 6, 2019

UK farm owner Susan Smith has been convicted of 27 animal welfare charges and jailed for 18 months. The charges include cruelty, neglect, and failure to dispose of animal carcasses.

Several dozens of animals died at Ingst Manor Farm in Olveston, South Gloucestershire under the care of Smith, with many more visibly neglected.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) has been investigating the farm since 2015. During an initial visit, investigators “found livestock riddled with parasites and other animals starved to death having been left no food or water.”

Sheep, goats and cows were observed living “knee-deep in mud and faeces” and “eight pigs were found eating the carcass of another.”

Smith blamed ill-health and broken machinery for the conditions at the farm. 

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Cows, sheep, pigs and goats were among the neglected animals (Source: kokkiligadda / Shutterstock.com)

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Total Animal Welfare Disaster

The incident has been described by a vet as a “total animal welfare disaster” with live animals living alongside those who had died.

Handing down the sentence at Bristol Crown Court, Judge Euan Ambrose also banned Smith from keeping animals for life.  

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