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Samantha Knight horse suffering case: Suspended jail for owner

Ray
Image caption Chestnut gelding Ray was found collapsed in a field in March

A woman who treated her horses so badly two had to be put down has been given a 10-week suspended jail term.

Samantha Knight, 42, of Stratton-on-the-Fosse, Somerset, was also banned from keeping horses for five years, after she admitted causing suffering to two animals.

Weston-super-Mare Magistrates' court heard the horses had been left without enough food.

The RSPCA said it took action to prevent other horses suffering.

'Collapsed and emaciated'

The court heard Knight kept seven horses and that she had been given RSPCA advice on a previous occasion about the condition of her animals.

One of the horses, a chestnut gelding called Ray, was found "collapsed and emaciated" in a field off Wesley Avenue in Radstock in March.

Another horse, a black and white mare called Hope, was found with a large untreated wound on her neck.

Both animals were put down on the advice of a vet.

Image caption Samantha Knight was given a 10-week suspended prison sentence

RSPCA inspector Rebekah Jeffery said: "These horses had been left without enough food and Ray consequently collapsed due to his poor condition.

"We had given advice before as we always want to help where we can, but if advice is not followed we have no option but to take action to prevent other horses suffering in future.

"Owners have a responsibility to make sure that their animals receive adequate food and veterinary attention - it is simply not OK to allow them to suffer in the way that these poor horses did."

Knight was also ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and to pay £2,500 in costs.

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