Cornwall farmer jailed for animal cruelty

Michael Hart
Image caption Michael Hart pleaded guilty to six charges under the Animal Welfare Act

A farmer whose animals were put down because he failed to care for them has been jailed for 18 weeks.

Michael Hart, 58, pleaded guilty to six charges under the Animal Welfare Act, which included failing to care for 80 sheep, Truro Magistrates' Court heard.

Hart, of Trevennen Farm in Gorran, Cornwall, also admitted further counts of failing to dispose of sheep carcases.

He was also banned from keeping farm animals for five years.

Hart further admitted failing to care for a pig with overgrown hooves and causing unnecessary suffering to 11 sheep, by failing to prevent or treat emaciation.

Cornwall Council said: "During the course of the council's investigation, several animals were put to sleep to prevent further suffering."

He was also ordered to pay £960 in costs.

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