A couple have been banned from keeping farm animals for 10 years after trading standard officers found animals in the ’most horrific conditions’ they had ever experienced.
Dr John Penn, 76, and his wife Teresa Penn, 77, have been handed suspended jail terms after pigs were found feeding on the flesh of dead pigs which had been left in piles of debris on their farm in East Sussex.
More than 20 pigs were culled after being left without adequate food, water and shelter, living among debris, bricks, barbed wire and planks of wood.
Richard Strawson, trading standards manager for East Sussex County Council, said: “These were some of the most horrific conditions we’ve ever experienced. Seeing pigs feeding off dead pigs was particularly shocking and upsetting.”
The couple had been issued with improvement notices giving them the opportunity to remedy the issues raised, but failed to do so.
They were both handed 18-month jail sentences, suspended for 12 months and were banned from keeping farm animals for 10 years.
The ban was suspended for eight weeks to allow them to dispose of their remaining pigs and sheep.
The couple were ordered to to pay court costs of £1,157 and each to pay a £115 victim surcharge.
Bill Bentley, lead county council member for communities and safety, said: “The vast majority of farmers treat their animals well and cases like this are rare.
“Our Trading Standards officers have carried out a professional enquiry which led to this successful prosecution. This case demonstrates we won’t hesitate to take the strongest possible action against mistreatment of animals.”