The Hurst Farm animals enjoying safe and happy new homes as horse dealer jailed


The RSPCA discovered greater than 170 animals dwelling in appalling circumstances on a Surrey farm in an RSPCA raid in January 2019.

Geoffrey Bennett, a dealer of low worth horses and donkeys from Hurst Farm in Ripley, has been jailed for 19 weeks having pleaded responsible to inflicting pointless struggling to 2 horses and one goat, failing to satisfy the wants of 171 animals, and six offences of failing to correctly get rid of animal by-products.

The 67-year-old “accepted no accountability nor expressed something resembling regret” in relation to the fees, Recorder Darren Reed informed the court docket on Friday (October 15).

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Since the listening to, the RSPCA has revealed stark particulars of what rescuers discovered on that wintry morning.

A complete of 204 animals had been found and tragically two ravenous horses and a collapsed goat needed to be put down on the scene to stop them from any extra struggling.

The 201 others had been taken for acceptable care, together with 129 horses and donkeys, 59 canine, three alpacas, 5 goats, 4 chickens and one duck.

Some of the sickest animals obtained speedy veterinary care whereas others had been taken for therapy close by, and people who had been thought-about match to journey by on-site vets had been transferred to varied charities and sanctuaries.

RSPCA Special Operations Unit case officer Kirsty Withnall stated: “The RSPCA and World Horse Welfare officers had obtained complaints in regards to the farm and had been trying into these issues and gathering proof.

“This was an enormous multi-agency rescue mission which was the fruits of weeks of planning and proof gathering. In complete, there have been 100 employees from totally different companies engaged on the case to assist spherical up the animals.

“It took nearly 12 hours on the day to evaluate the entire animals, load them into horse containers and animal ambulances, and transfer them off-site; making it one of many largest coordinated rescue missions the UK has ever seen.

“We needed to have a plan in place that might permit us to take away a lot of animals on the day however we hoped that wouldn’t be vital and had no thought what motion can be taken till vets had been capable of assess the entire animals.”

Amid the disappointment, the RSPCA has shared heart-warming tales of a number of the Hurst Farm animals who are actually enjoying safe and happy new lives with their adopters.

The surnames and actual areas of the new house owners usually are not being made public.

Edwina the Poodle

Edwina (proper) at Hurst Farm

Edwina, or Winnie, was present in a tiny crate with three different canine.

She was taken in by an RSPCA fosterer earlier than being adopted by Gigi, from Dorset, earlier this yr. The 10-year-old Poodle has settled into her new residence effectively.

Gigi, who’d misplaced her cat the earlier yr and was lacking having a four-legged companion, stated: “I waited so lengthy for Winnie and I’m so happy to have her. She’s very cheeky; she’s actually come out of her shell.

“She’s attractive and completely cute; it’s actually pretty to have her. She’s such a pleasant soul.

“She enjoys going to the park, she loves to smell and completely loves garbage bins! She has a mattress in my bed room and a mattress within the lounge, however more often than not she’s snuggling with me on the couch or sleeping in my mattress with me.”

Winnie the 10-year-old Poodle is now happy and safe with a new family in Dorset
Winnie the 10-year-old Poodle is now happy and safe with a new household in Dorset

Aqua, Colorado and Ferriby the horses

Colorado was dwelling in a big herd within the muddy paddock on the farm. Aqua and Ferriby had been discovered within the filthy, cramped barn. Now the trio are enjoying life at one of many nation’s main equine faculties.

The school’s equine centre supervisor stated: “Aqua, Colorado and Ferriby are doing rather well. Aqua and Colorado are working underneath saddle and Ferriby is out within the area enjoying time with the opposite horses.

“The college students and employees love them; they’re simply pretty ponies. We’re actually hopeful that they’ll be happy right here and our college students are capable of work with them to help their examine on our programs.

“It’s pretty to have the ability to give one thing again, give the ponies an opportunity and help the RSPCA.

“I hope we can assist them to go full-circle; from the unlucky expertise they’ve had, to us rehabilitating and creating them to allow them to go on to coach and develop our college students.”

Aqua, Colorado and Ferriby are now enjoying life at an equine college
Aqua, Colorado and Ferriby are actually enjoying life at an equine school

PC Hollie Iribar from Surrey Police commented: “As a Rural and Wildlife Crime Officer for Surrey Police, I’ve witnessed some devastating acts of animal cruelty through the years.

“This was one of the troublesome circumstances I’ve seen, and I’m grateful to the RSPCA and our different accomplice companies for the arduous work put in to deliver this case to trial.

“I’m very glad that this heartbreaking case has seen a decision within the courts, and that the animals concerned had been rescued and given a second probability at a happy and wholesome life.”

A spokesperson from World Horse Welfare described the case as “difficult”, and added: “We are relieved that we had been capable of assist take away so many horses from these circumstances so they might have a greater life and obtain the care they deserve.”

Bennett has been sentenced to 19 weeks’ imprisonment and disqualified from maintaining all animals, together with taking part within the maintaining of and dealing of animals, for all times.

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