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Woman faces animal welfare charges

William Walker

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An Upper Lambourn woman has made another appearance in court on 31 animal welfare charges.

Nicola Sally Henton, formerly of Old Wantage Road, Upper Lambourn, who later lived at an address in Eastbury Fields, gave a new address in an unnamed road in Upper Lambourn when she appeared before Newbury magistrates on Thursday, March 19.

The charges involve allegations of animal neglect and failure to ensure the proper welfare of a number of horses and dogs.

The charges involving dogs concern a range of breeds including chihuahuas, a doberman, a whippet, a Bedlington terrier, Jack Russells, lurcher crosses, a German shepherd, Chinese crested dogs and an assortment of crossbreed puppies.

The charges typically involve allegations of lack of food and water, poor living conditions, parasite infestations and disease.

The charges involving horses are similar in nature and relate to two mares and a gelding.

They all arise from an an RSPCA inspection on May 22 last year.

Fifty-one-year-old Ms Henton spoke only to confirm her name and address at the latest hearing. She was released on bail, with conditions that she does not contact a named RSPCA inspector or the Dogs Trust in Newbury.

The next hearing is due to take place before a district judge sitting at at Reading Magistrates’ Court at 2pm on Wednesday, April 23.

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