A Cardiff man has been handed an 18-month conditional discharge for neglecting three cob ponies – despite advice given.

Tony Israel Price (d.o.b 21/02/1963) of Wentloog Avenue, Cardiff, appeared at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court for trial on Tuesday (12 March) after pleading not guilty to three offences at a previous hearing.

Price case March19 pic1 (CM1) Price case March19 pic2 (CM1)The offences were that at a field off Redway Road, Bonvilston in the Vale of Glamorgan, he caused unnecessary suffering to a piebald filly cob called Alouda by failing to address her poor body condition and weight loss, that he failed to maintain two piebald mare cobs in a suitable body condition and thirdly, that he failed to provide proper, necessary and effective ectoparasite treatment to the three cobs.

Back in July 2018 RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil attended the defendant’s field at Redway Road, Bonvilston along with Inspector Simon Evans and saw around 13 horses with very poor grazing, with weeds including ragwort present. One piebald mare in particular was in a very poor condition.

RSPCA inspector Christine McNeil said: “During this visit, a vet examination was carried out and advice was passed onto the owner as well as a warning notice issued for the poor body condition of the mare.

“We then re-visited in August and I attended with chief inspector Elaine Spence and the mare’s condition had deteriorated. A vet on site was of the opinion that she was suffering and the two other mares did not have their needs met and would be likely to suffer if their circumstances did not change. Sadly our advice had not been taken on board and we had to take action. Further advice was also issued for the remaining horses at the location.”

Police attended and three cobs were taken into possession including a dependant foal. The condition of the ponies has now improved and will be made available for rehoming, now they have been signed over to the charity.

Magistrates handed Price an 18 month conditional discharge, was ordered to pay £1,000 costs and a victim surcharge.