A MAN has been jailed for 16 weeks and banned from keeping animals for life for his treatment of a pony kept in a field on the edge of Shirley.
Freddie Evans, 29, of Houndsfield Lane, Wythall, pleaded guilty at Redditch Magistrates Court on Monday, to five animal welfare offences, which were committed last November.
The Shetland Pony, which was tethered in a field near Evans’ address, was underweight and had been left in a traumatised state following a fireworks display, which took place just 100ft from where the horse was left.
The RSPCA was called out to tend to the emaciated animal on November 7, but it had already collapsed and died.
Judith Haw, a spokeswoman for the animal charity, said: “This was down to a lack of knowledge. The defendant had bought the pony for one of his children and said he did not know how to look after it properly.
“It is crucial when taking on an animal of any species that the appropriate research is carried out to ensure the animal is cared for correctly.
“It is always the worst cases of animal cruelty we take to court.
“This pony had been fed on a very poor diet of carrots and bread, its head collar was so tight that it left an indentation on the horse’s skull and there was also a period of intense suffering during a fireworks display.
“We are obviously pleased with the custodial sentence, but more importantly we are pleased the court granted the ban because it means no more animals can suffer at the hands of this defendant.”