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Ceredigion farmer's five-year ban from keeping animals

One of the birds found in a poor condition
Image caption One of the birds found in a poor condition at Harty's property

A farmer and pet shop owner has been banned from keeping animals for five years after he was convicted of 39 welfare offences.

Steven Harty, 57, of Aberarth, near Aberaeron, Ceredigion was also ordered to do 225 hours community service and pay £11,240 in court costs.

Harty was found guilty of 39 charges against 25 birds and a Shetland pony.

He was convicted last week and was sentenced at Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Harty was found to have breached the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Animal Welfare Act.

Speaking after Harty was convicted on 26 January, the RSPCA, which brought the prosecution, said a number of its inspectors, a vet and the police found numerous birds in poor condition, living in "cramped and squalid aviaries" at Harty's property on 12 February, 2009.

These included nine zebra finches, two hornbills and two rainbow lorikeets. A black Shetland pony with spiralling hooves was also found.

RSPCA inspector Richard Abbott said: "The defendant kept these animals in appalling conditions and showed a flagrant disregard for their welfare."

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