Devon farmer sentenced for causing unnecessary suffering to livestock

PUBLISHED: 18:05 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 10 June 2010

A Mid Devon farmer was sentenced to 100 hours community service today (Thursday 16 October) after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to livestock in his care.

A Mid Devon farmer was sentenced to 100 hours' community service today (Thursday 16 October) after being found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to livestock in his care.

William Dolley, 40, of Holwell Farm, at Collipriest, Tiverton, was also found guilty of failing to make adequate provision for livestock welfare and not properly disposing of animal carcasses. He was sentenced at Exeter Magistrates' Court.

Holwell Farm was visited several times at the end of February and the beginning of March this year by Devon County Council's Farming Standards Team and vets from the Animal Health Agency.

On one visit two bovine animals were found to be in such poor emaciated condition that they were unable to stand and the vets immediately put them down.

William Dolley had failed to ensure cattle had access to a suitable water supply, including an adequate supply of fresh drinking water. There were also bovine and sheep carcases found around the farm at various stages of decay and had not been disposed of without undue delay.

William Dolley had previously entered guilty pleas at Honiton Magistrates' Court on September 24.

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