The trial of a woman accused of more than 30 charges relating to animal suffering continued yesterday.
A vet revealed to Stafford Magistrates’ Court that staff at the Burton Wildlife and Rescue Centre in Etwall were “utterly uncooperative” when visited by the RSPCA in 2012.
David Martin, director or Brownlow Veterinary Group, joined RSPCA officers in November 2012 and found an emaciated pig and animals that should have received veterinary care.
Describing what he’d seen at the rescue centre, Mr Martin spoke of a goat that could not stand up, a Canada goose that had to be put down after being found lame and a buzzard that was unable to fly.
He said: “The buzzard tried to fly and crashed repeatedly.
It had a fracture to its left wing that had not been treated and had healed badly.”
He told district judge David Taylor how four piglets were in accommodation that was “completely inappropriate” for them, despite there being other sheds at the centre.
Mr Martin was questioned by the prosecution and defence in the case for more than three hours. Nigel Weller, defending, suggested three horses were not emaciated and questioned the definition of suffering.
The vet told Mr Weller: “Your client had the opportunity to give an account and explain where she got the horses from, but has never been forthcoming.”
He added that there was no hay for the horses and gave two a body score of 0.5.
The trial continues.