A woman has been sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to a lamb at her petting farm in Halstead.
A woman has been sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to a lamb after failing to treat the animals broken leg.
51-year-old Joanna Smith admitted to one allegation of causing unnecessary suffering at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (November 1) under section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
Ms Smith failed to call a vet to her petting farm on land she rented after her landowner noticed the lamb was injured.
RSPCA inspector Adam Jones said: “We were contacted by the landowner in May over concerns for the welfare of the lamb which had a leg injury.
“The caller had told Ms Smith the lamb was injured and needed veterinary treatment but she did not do anything.
“Even when he caught the lamb and confined it to her, she still didn’t arrange for a vet to visit so we were alerted."
Inspector Jones said Ms Smith had admitted in court that it was a ‘mistake’ and ’one-off incident’. The Court ruled it unnecessary to further interfere with the animals at the petting farm.
“There is no excuse for leaving any animal with such a serious injury without veterinary attention or treatment,” Inspector Jones said.
“Luckily, we were able to treat the injury and the lamb was rehomed successfully.”
Ms Smith was ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work and fined £300 in court costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
She has since been evicted from the land at Greenstead Green in Halstead.