The woman accused of neglecting animals at a sanctuary she ran appeared in court for the third day of trial.

Lindsay Newell, 27, is charged with causing unnecessary suffering to more than 30 animals at the Burton Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre in Etwall.

Newell took to the stand at Stafford Magistrates’ Court yesterday and wept as she told the court how she was “intimidated” and “shocked” after learning the sanctuary had been raided in November 2012.

The court heard that volunteers were at the scene before Ms Newell.

She said: “Everyone flocked to the sanctuary. It had kicked off on Facebook.”

She added that the running of the sanctuary, which was set up in 2008, was mostly funded by her wages and ran by herself and volunteers.

The court heard how she would take animals home with her from a veterinary practice, where she worked as a veterinary nurse, to avoid them being put down.

She said: “Rescuing is the main part of what we do, so if an animal is trapped down a drain or an animal has been shot, or a fox is trapped in a fence, we would rescue them – things that normal members of the public can’t deal with.”

Newell claimed that certain volunteers were in charge of different animals and stated that Sarah Levy, a volunteer, was responsible for rabbits.

Mrs Levy, who raised the alarm by writing to the RSPCA in 2012, said in her evidence that no one was in charge of any particular animals.

Newell began working on a farm in June 2012, and with fewer hours, meant she could spend more time at the sanctuary. She told the court that her earnings were spent on the centre, which costs £2,000 rent a year and £400 per week on animal food.

Newell was asked about the animals at the centre, including a Canada Goose, which was found to have no foot. She told the court she dressed the leg and administered antibiotics on advice of a vet and intended to take it to the sanctuary.

An x-ray of a cockerel’s foot was shown to the court. It had bumblefoot, a condition that vet Caroline Johnson called “non-recoverable”, and the bird had to be put down.

The prosecution concluded its case yesterday, with four witnesses, a vet and three RSPCA officials, taking to the stand to give evidence.

The trial continues.

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