Farmer given 10-year ban on keeping horses and donkeys

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A Kintyre farmer has been fined £300 and told he cannot keep horses and donkeys for 10 years.

All the animals at Tangymoil Farm, Kilchenzie, were found to be in good condition, an Argyll and Bute animal welfare officer told the October sitting of Campbeltown Sheriff Court, when he visited with an SSPCA inspector, except for a number of donkeys.

Eighty-six-year-old farmer Albert Sauer admitted omission of care by failing to provide appropriate care and treatment between April 10 2016 and April 10 2019.

In Sauer’s defence, it was said he had difficulty in obtaining the services of a farrier to trim the animal’s hooves.

This caused the hooves to become overgrown and led to limited mobility and lameness, loss of body weight, dermatitis and lice, and the animals’ teeth had not been filed which led to dental conditions.

The animal charity took charge of the seven donkeys. At an earlier sitting, the court was told that two were in such bad condition they had to be put down with the other five taken to a sanctuary to be nursed back to health.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes said he noted the difficulty in obtaining the services of a farrier plus Sauer’s limited funds and the farmer’s previous good character.

‘It is clear from the evidence that most of the animals on your farm are in good condition and not an issue,’ said the sheriff as he imposed the 10-year ban on keeping equines and handed down the fine.