Woman Avoids Jail Time Despite Starving And Neglecting 25 Horses

The ruling that came down from the judge was for Amanda Thorne – from Bodmin, Cornwall to have a suspended sentence and banned her from keeping horses for life. The sentence came as a result of the way she treated animals.

According to judges, the 41-year-old mother of two was not remorseful for what had happened. An investigator for the RSPCA, however, called it one of the cruelest cases of neglect they had ever seen.


The RSPCA received a tip about the ‘dreadful conditions’ from neighbors in Cornwall.

District Judge Diana Baker said:

“The horses were starving to death, they were not being treated for their ailments. Their hooves were not being trimmed. They were in a pitiful state.

You have shown no remorse for what happened and you blamed others. Concerned members of the public brought this matter to the attention of the RSPCA. One of the experts said that this could have been a whole lot worse if they had not brought the matter to their attention.”

The horses were living without the basic necessities, including clean housing, decent food, fresh drinking water, a dry lying area, adequate exercise or parasitic control.


Out of 25 horses, eight had overgrown hooves and four of them were severely malnourished. One of the horses needed a lot of veterinary care for foot abscess, rain scald, lymphangitis, cellulitis, and wounds. Unfortunately, one of the horses died but the rest were taken by the NSPCA to safety.

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Judge Baker was additionally going to send Thorne to jail but she suspended her six-month term for 12 months.


Judge Baker added:

“I have given you a chance, I have given your children a chance and your parents a chance. If you breach any part of the order your feet will not touch the ground.”

According to the terms of her sentence, she needs to pay £15,000 towards the RSPCA’s costs and complete 15 days of her probation’s Rehabilitation Activity Requirement. During her four months, seven days per week curfew she will also wear an electronic tag.


Thorne raised two children on the farm and was getting divorced from her husband. She has health difficulties and had initially denied her involvement. A judge pronounced her guilty during a trial in her absence last month.

RSPCA inspector Jo Pearson, the lead officer on the case, said:

“It is completely the right sentence for this lady. I have been working for the RSPCA as an inspector for 20 years and it is one of the cruelest cases I have ever seen. Without members of the public coming to us with the information, she would never have been brought before the courts today.”

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