02 September 1999
Farmer fined for animal cruelty
A FARMER who kept pregnant ewes and new-born lambs in a pen containing rotting carcasses has been fined £3000 and sentenced to 120 hours community service.
Michael Anson, 48, of Mayfield, East Sussex, left 56 sheep to clamber over four dead ewes – one with a lamb only partly delivered – for more than a week.
Lewis magistrates were told that 70 lambs were kept in a filthy neighbouring pen with no hay and water that had not been changed for three to five weeks.
Mr Anson pleaded guilty to causing pain and distress, amid other charges.
- The Times 02/09/99 page 10 (News in Brief)