Poor Horse Unfit for Work

January 1909

Barnsley Chronicle January 30, 1909

A Poor Horse

George Lilly senior, Carter, Houghton Magna, was summoned on a charge of cruelty to a horse by working the same when in an unfit state at little Houghton.

Sgt Lancaster said that at 11:45 AM on 18 January saw defender driving a horse, which was attached to a heavily laden coal cart. As the animal pulled in a peculiar manner, witness examined it, and underneath the collar, at the point of the shoulder, he found a large, raw, deep-seated sore, apparently of long-standing. The inside of the collar was saturated with blood and matter.

Inspector Haynes, R.S.B.C.A., who examined the horse on the following day, said that at the time it was totally unfit for work.

Defendant pleaded guilty. He said this was the first charge of the sort he had to answer, and he was over 70 years of age.

A fine of 10 shillings and course was imposed.