A woman from Stoke-on-Trent has been convicted of causing 'unnecessary suffering to two horses and a dog' in a prosecution brought by the RSPCA. Claire Machin of Norton, appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle under Lyme on November 1st charged with three offences under the Animal Welfare Act.
She was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison - suspended for 18 months - ordered to pay £1,000 in costs and was disqualified, for life, from keeping any animals. The RSPCA took Machin to court following two separate complaints regarding her pet shihtzu Coco, and two horses. RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin, who investigated alongside colleague Laura Bryant, said:
Around a month later, in March, the RSPCA were called again to emaciated ponies in a field.
Machin denied three offences of causing unnecessary suffering - one allegation in relation to the dog and one each in relation to both of the ponies - but was convicted on all counts and sentenced under Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act.