Woman neglected pet dogs and horse

Thorn, Rebecca Goddard's horse. Goddard, 43, of Carnforth, was found guilty of failing to treat its hoof abscess.
Thorn, Rebecca Goddard's horse. Goddard, 43, of Carnforth, was found guilty of failing to treat its hoof abscess.
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A woman has been convicted of a string of animal neglect offences.

Rebecca Louise Goddard of Church Brow, Bolton-le-Sands, admitted two counts of causing unnecessary suffering to two pet dogs but 
was found guilty of another similar matter relating to a horse.

The 43-year-old was prosecuted by the RSPCA charity, which accused her of causing unnecessary suffering to a black cross breed type dog by not addressing the causes of its poor body condition and weight loss.

The offence happened between August 2013 and November 2013.

She was also accused of the same offence regarding a German Shepherd dog between October 2013 and November 2013 by failing to address the causes of its poor body condition and weight loss.

Goddard was found guilty of a third charge of causing unnecessary suffering to a bay colt by failing to provide appropriate treatment for its hoof abscess.

The case was adjourned by the bench for a pre sentence report to be prepared.

She will next appear 
before Lancaster Magistrates’ Court for sentence on November 14.

The RSPCA was not available for comment.

But the mum, who runs a horse care business, said the incident had happened at a time in her life when she was suffering from stress and depression.

She said: “I have devoted my life to caring for horses and other animals, it is my livelihood.

“I am planning to appeal the conviction regarding my horse Thorn. He has passed away since leaving my 
care.

“I believe he shouldn’t have been taken from me in the first place.”