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A circus owner has been found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an elephant in Northamptonshire.
ITV News' Martha Fairlie reports:
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said it was unfortunate that those who actually abused Anne the elephant could not be prosecuted. Spokeswoman Jody Gordon said:
A circus owner has been given a three-year conditional discharge after being found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne the Asian elephant.
Animal Defenders International secretly filmed the elephant being mistreated at Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire.
Bobby Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal, which was filmed chained to the ground, and being hit with a pitchfork.
Roberts claimed he was unaware that Anne had been constantly chained and that the groom, who is believed to have returned home to Romania, had not followed his instructions.
To watch parts of the recording of the abuse, go to ITV Anglia. Some viewers may find the footage upsetting.
A circus owner has been found guilty of three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to Anne - a performing Asian elephant.
Bobby Roberts was also convicted of failing to prevent an employee from repeatedly beating the animal.
The 69-year-old, who ran Super Circus in Polebrook, Cambridgeshire, also failed to ensure the elephant's needs were met by not giving her medication for her arthritis.
His wife Moira, 75, was cleared of all three charges by District Judge David Chinnery following a five-day trial at Northampton Crown Court.