A north-east man has been fined after he was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to two horses.
One horse, an overweight Mouse Dun Highland Mare, was found by vets to be acutely lame and suffering from extreme chronic laminitis – a condition that affects the feet of a horse.
The second animal, a black Shetland pony stallion, had a compound fracture to his leg, with the bone found to be sticking out of the wound.
Both horses had to be put down due to the severity of their injuries.
William Cassie, from Inverurie, was fined £3,300 at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.
Cassie was found guilty of two counts of causing unnecessary suffering under section 19 Animal Health & Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006.
Scottish SPCA senior inspector Alison Simpson said, “The first charge was dealt as Cassie failed to provide farrier and subsequent veterinary treatment to an overweight Mouse Dun Highland Mare, which upon a vet examination, was found to be acutely lame.
“It was noted by the attending vet that there was evidence of chronic foot problems with severe overgrowth of the hoof wall.
“Upon further vet testing, the mare displayed several of the signs of extreme chronic laminitis.
“The second charge related to a black Shetland pony stallion to which Cassie also failed to provide veterinary treatment.
“The pony had suffered a compound fracture to his leg, with the fractured bone protruding from the wound which had been untreated prolonged period of time.
“Sadly, due to the severity of their injuries a decision was made by the attending vets to put both ponies to sleep.
“To find ponies suffering to the extent that these two were is totally unacceptable and avoidable through routinely inspecting animals.
“We welcome the fact that Mr Cassie has been dealt with by the court and the sentence handed down.
“We hope he will give serious consideration about his suitability to care for other animals in the future.”