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Horses 'were left malnourished', trial hears

Valerie Pritchard
Image caption Valerie Pritchard faces five charges relating to the neglect of horses

A woman accused of neglecting horses left them malnourished with worms and overgrown hooves, a vet has claimed.

Valerie Pritchard, 65, is alleged to have committed the offences at Mains of Green Farm, Cuminestown, in 2009.

Mrs Pritchard denies five charges under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act.

Experienced vet James Duncan told Banff Sheriff Court one horse was "severely malnourished" and he was concerned many horses were in the same field.

Mr Duncan, 61, said: "It was a very bad idea to run a herd with three stallions mixed in the herd."

The Crown case has closed, and the trial resumes next month.

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