Maryport, was charged with having, on the 6th of October, cruelly caused a horse
to be worked whilst in an unfit condition; and Lawrence MESSENGER, carter,
Maryport, was charged with having cruelly worked the horse.
Mr. Frederick ROBINSON, Inspector of the Society for the Prevention of
Cruelty to Animals, said that on the 6th of October he saw the defendant,
MESSENGER in charge of a horse, which was attached to a two wheeled cart. Witness
saw, by the manner in which the horse was walking, that it was in pain, and
asked MESSENGER if it had any sores about it.
Defendant answered that it had no sores on it, and witness examined it. He
found, on the near side of the back two sores, each about the size of a half
crown piece, and on the near side of the collar a wound about the size of a
shilling, and on the off side of the saddle two other wounds. The animal was in
a very poor condition.
MESSENGER, in answer to witnesses inquiries, said that the defendant
PATTINSON had sent him out with the horse. Witness had the horse taken to PATTINSON,
and showed him the wounds. PATTINSON said he told the lad not to take the
horse out, but MESSENGER said that PATTINSON had told him not to take it out,
and then countermanded the order.
PATTINSON was fined 20s including costs, and MESSENGER was fined 10s