Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Prosecutions

Couple Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty

On 13th April at Exeter Magistrates Court Anthony and Bridget Barrell of Chittlehampton plead guilty to 4 counts of unnecessary suffering in relation to sheep kept in North Devon. A custodial sentence of 11 weeks, suspended for 12 months, was imposed. The couple have been disqualified from keeping cattle, sheep, pigs and goats for a period of seven years. The court heard that the sheep had not been shorn for two seasons and despite receiving repeated welfare advice, when inspected by AHPA vets, animals were found to be suffering from severe fly strike with maggots boring into the flesh. One lamb was found to be emaciated and so close to death that it had to be euthanized to avoid further suffering.

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