Leicester

Nine dead horses found on Leicestershire farm

The owner of a Leicestershire farm who failed to dispose of nine dead horses has been given a two-year conditional discharge.

Sarah Coverdale, 49, of Thrussington, pleaded guilty at Melton Magistrates' Court to breaking regulations for disposing of horse carcasses.

Any dead animals must be disposed of properly at a hunt kennel, rendering plant or incinerator, the court heard.

The carcasses were found on Charlton Gorse Farm on 10 March 2010.

Coverdale was ordered to pay court costs of £500.

Leicestershire Trading Standards said there were risks to other animals, including other horses on site.

The court heard that Coverdale was living on the farm but had re-trained as a plumber.

Coverdale told the court that she was not aware of what was happening at the farm and did not own the horses.

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