Bradford man who left pregnant horse to die avoids jail sentence

Bradford man who left pregnant horse to die avoids jail sentence

Paul Pratt leaving Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court

Princess, the horse that Paul Pratt failed to care for

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A BRADFORD man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after causing unnecessary suffering to a pregnant horse that died of an infected neck wound.

Paul Pratt, of Park Crescent, Peel Park, admitted failing to treat the wound, which was caused by a crudely repaired bridle that dug into the horse's flesh over a two-week period.

The 29-year-old was handed a 12-week jail sentence, suspended for two years, ordered to complete 200 hours unpaid work in the community and pay £1,000 costs.

He also received a lifetime ban from keeping, or owning, any animal.

The incident happened between January 23 and February 6 and yesterday Pratt appeared at Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal by failing to seek veterinary care.

The three-year-old horse, called Princess, was found in a field off Cranmer Road, Bradford on February 6 this year and later died.

Nigel Monaghan, prosecuting, said: "The vets' report says the twine of the collar was too tight, a wound developed and became infected.

"SeptIcemia set in and the horse eventually died. It had a mark under its chin. It had never been to the vets."

Ian Hudson, mitigating, said: "The horse was in a good bodily condition. The injuries were not intentionally caused.

"He accepts he should have paid more attention to the area below the collar."

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