Owner given three-year horse ban after 22-year-old Delta found dead in field

Owner Kyla Martin has admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a horse which was left to die in a muddy field.

Investigators discovered 22-year-old Delta had died after being left unsupervised in a waterlogged field and without access to an area where it could stand or lie down.

But it took them eight days to remove the dead horse from the field off Merelake Road, Talke, because it was so waterlogged.

Now Martin, aged 26, of Rogers Street, Goldenhill, has been banned from keeping horses for three years after being sentenced at North Staffordshire Justice Centre. She also landed a £1,579 court bill.

The investigation was carried out by Staffordshire County Council’s animal health team.

Delta died in this field
Delta died in this field

Following this week’s case, County Councillor Gill Heath said: “People who keep any animal have a duty to ensure they are well cared for and kept free from harm. This horse was left to suffer in totally unsuitable conditions.

“Our trading standards animal health officers work with businesses and horse owners to make them aware of the legislation – and the vast majority are responsible. However, where there is neglect they will take prompt action.”