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Life ban and jail for ‘cruel’ breeder
Second A43 case likely says KC

A MAN who pleaded guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to three ponies after keeping them in "diabolical" conditions was sentenced to a jail term and banned from keeping animals for life.

Derek Thomas Monkton, 61, of Sidemoor, Bromsgrove, was sentenced at Redditch Magistrates’ Court last week and had already been banned by the Kennel Club under its criminal conviction catch-all rule A43

Monkton had pleaded guilty on Tuesday, February 1, to charges of causing unnecessary suffering which resulted in one of three ponies in his care having to be put down.

Monkton, whose Kennel Club affix was ‘Perrymonk’ had been subject to a KC ban preventing him from registering and showing dogs.

This followed his conviction in June 1993 at Bromsgrove Magistrates’ Court for causing unnecessary suffering to several pedigree dogs. This resulted in Kennel Club rule A43 being applied along with a conditional discharge with a five year breeding ban.

In the latest case he had allowed their hooves to overgrow and had kept them in "disgusting" and "diabolical" conditions according to RSPCA inspector Simon Dix who visited them in July 2003.

District Judge Ian Strongman, said: "The problem the ponies had is the equivalent of a human forefinger being pushed back against the joint and getting worse as it grows."

Monkton was sentenced to a concurrent seven-week custodial sentence and was banned from keeping domestic animals for the rest of his life.

"They were kept in a cramped, makeshift stable and left standing in their own faeces, which in one case was up to three feet deep.

"Imprisonment should be for the worst cases of neglect to animals, and this clearly is," said Judge Strongman.

After sentencing, the RSPCA chief inspector for Worcestershire, Lee Hopgood, said: "We are in total agreement with the judge, it is what we expected. We are pleased about the life ban on keeping animals, that was exactly what we were looking for."

Because of the serious condition of the ponies, together with the substantial financial implications of their treatment, Monkton agreed to sign the ponies over to the International League for the Protection of Horses and they were taken to ILPH’s Glenda Spooner Farm at Hoarwithy, Herefordshire. Sadly due to the irreparable damage done to the growing tendons on one of the pony’s legs two months later he was euthanased. The other two will soon be looking for suitable loan homes as companions.

Janet Dale, Manager of the ILPH’s Glenda Spooner Farm commented ‘Jon and Mark are very sweet ponies. Though they do not suffer in any way they will never be rideable due to their distorted lower limbs. We are looking for homes as companions for them.’

A Kennel Club spokesman confirmed that because of the wording of their Rule A43 that further action is likely as soon the court details are released.