A 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.
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.