Cruel horse owner has court costs slashed

Rocky on the road to recovery at the World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre at Peel, near Blackpool.
Rocky on the road to recovery at the World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre at Peel, near Blackpool.
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A WOMAN who was banned from keeping horses for 15 years for cruelty has had over £3,000 worth of court costs reduced on appeal.

Diane O’Sullivan, 41, of Cartmel Place, Morecambe, was originally told to pay £3,421 to animal charities to cover legal bills and vet’s fees for her two-year-old pony Rocky, who was found close to death at a stables in Morecambe.

But Preston Crown Court cut this payment to £1,500 after hearing that unemployed O’Sullivan was on benefits and had little prospect of paying the full costs within a few years.

But the 15-year ban remains in place.

See The Visitor (16-02-11) for full story.