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Local Man Convicted of Animal Cruelty

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Local Andover News | Local Man Convicted of Animal Cruelty | Andover & VillagesA man who claimed to be a self-taught horse trainer with the skills to transform even the most wilful horse has been convicted of animal cruelty after a pony was left with an eye injury and her tongue split open.

Jonathan Hurst (date of birth: 02/01/91) of King’s Elm, Barton Stacey, Hampshire was sentenced on Thursday (26 January) at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court after being found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to a pony called Tanzin, contrary to Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006, at an earlier trial.

Andover Advertising with Andover & VillagesHurst had offered his services to Tanzin’s owner after painting himself as a horse guru with experience training ponies.

Tanzin was taken to a yard in Longparish Road in Wherwell in Hampshire between 9 March 2016 and 14 March 2016 but after just a few days was left with significant injuries which were not treated by a vet.

RSPCA Inspector Jan Edwards, who described the gash in Tanzin’s tongue as one of the most shocking she has ever seen, said: “Tanzin had been left to suffer with absolutely shocking injuries. I have never seen anything like the state of her tongue. It’s callous to leave an animal to suffer in this way without proper veterinary treatment.

“We were made aware of the untreated injuries after Tanzin’s owner paid a visit to the yard for an update on her pony’s progress. When she arrived she was surprised to find her pony didn’t react to her as she usually would and screamed when Tanzin turned her head to reveal a greyed out eye as she feared Tanzin had been blinded.

“While she was being examined by a vet she had refused food which led to the checks in her mouth revealing the deep cut to her tongue.”

Hurst was ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and fined £300 with a £60 victim surcharge.

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#10 Barry Chamley 2017-01-30 19:07
Cowardly apology of a human being.
#9 Nicki simon 2017-01-29 08:24
Better than nothing but what a totatally pathetic punishment for a vile 'man'; he should have been BANNED FOR LIFE having any animals of his own and training/helpin g with any others.
#8 Dee 2017-01-29 07:03
That is a very poor penalty. He should be banned for life from owning
or even being allowed near equines. The penalty does not fit the crime of animal abuse and injury or the trauma caused to the owner.It should have been a custodial sentence
#7 Dawn 2017-01-28 10:50
That isn't a punishment - its a slap and saying silly man. Why wasn't he charged at Crown Court? They can serve harsher sentences than a Magistrates Court can
#6 derham 2017-01-28 05:53
no ban omg what is wrong with the world had he done this to a human he would have been jailed ,this tells all about how the system see,s animals disgusting
#5 Nigel Baxendale 2017-01-27 23:14
Quoting Ann:
Not much of a penalty !!

How is there no custodial sentence for these crimes?

Fraud, torture, animal cruelty. It beggars belief that this delinquent is able to enjoy his freedom!
#4 Carole Cloke 2017-01-27 21:20
Not sure what is going on the world !! how can people treat animals like this. Sentence too light
#3 betsy 2017-01-27 20:58
horrible B*****D. he needs dipping in a bath of acid...
#2 Yvonne Phillips 2017-01-27 17:36
Disgusting man...he should have had a custodial sentence.
#1 Ann 2017-01-27 10:42
Not much of a penalty !!

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