A woman has been jailed for breaching a ban on keeping horses and neglecting animals in her care.

Lisa Fletcher, of Winchcombe, admitted two counts of causing suffering to two horses and one count of breaching a disqualification order banning her from keeping equines.

Yesterday, Fletcher, who was previously banned from keeping horses for five years, was given a 16-week custodial sentence and ordered to pay £2,000 costs.

The 48-year-old was also banned from keeping horses for life when she appeared for sentencing at Cheltenham magistrates’ court.

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) inspector Suzi Smith said: “I am pleased the sentence in this case reflects the severity of the offences.

Without veterinary treatment the outcome for these two horses could have been very tragic.”

Inspector Smith was called to a DIY livery yard in December last year, where she found two young horses. She added:

“The foal was very, very thin. The vet discovered it had a severe lung infection and was riddled with worms. I don’t think it would have survived the week if we hadn’t got the veterinary care it needed.

“It was touch and go. The foal needed antibiotic injections twice a day and a great deal of TLC.

Luckily, it pulled through and has gone from rags to riches as it’s been adopted by Olympic gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin, who has named it Santa.

“The other horse – a yearling called Frank – was also thin, but has recovered well and we hope to find him a fantastic home in the future.”

In October 2013 magistrates banned Lisa Fletcher from keeping horses for five years after she pleaded guilty to three offences of neglecting a grey Arab stallion called Raji by failing to explore the cause of his weight loss, breathing difficulties and overgrown hooves.

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