A mother and son pleaded guilty to animal neglect charges following an investigation by Ceredigion County Council Animal Health Officers.
Officers visited Margaret Cooper’s (80-years-old) and Norman Richard Cooper’s (55) farm in Bangor Teifi near Llandysul where they discovered conditions which caused the death and serious neglect of 84 cattle.
A sentencing hearing was held on April 10th at Aberystwyth Magistrates Court.
The Coopers have been sentenced to six-months imprisonment suspended for two years after pleading guilty. They are disqualified from keeping any animals for ten years, with the exception of their four elderly dogs for the duration of the dog’s lives.
Mr Cooper was also ordered to undertake 150 hours of unpaid work. They were ordered to pay costs to the Council of £2,500 each, with a victim surcharge of £115 each.
The Officers encountered scenes of utter devastation with dead cattle decaying in the livestock sheds. There were surviving cattle housed with these carcasses and found to be suffering unnecessarily from neglect.
The vet confirmed that the cattle were being caused unnecessary suffering and a decision was made to take the remaining live cattle into the possession of the Council to prevent any further suffering.
Some animals had to be dispatched following examination, due to the serious health conditions they had developed as a result of their suffering, according to Ceredigion County Council.
Ceredigion County Council’s Corporate Lead Officer for Policy and Performance, Alun Williams said, “The Animal Health Officers involved with this case have never experienced such appalling conditions at any farm in their careers.”
“Most of the staff are from farming backgrounds, but they faced horrific circumstances in investigating and retrieving the live animals and the carcasses.”
“This case does not reflect the usual high standards of animal husbandry that are the norm in the two-and-a-half thousand farms in Ceredigion.” He concluded.
In sentencing, the Chair of the Magistrates said, “This was a horrendous case, as you know.”
“We believe that your actions led to the sustained neglect of these animals, in that they were not provided with basic care needs, food, water, and bedding; dying tied to their stalls.”