Hampshire woman banned from keeping animals

(Donkey Sanctuary Press Release)A Hampshire woman has been banned from keeping animals for five years following a successful prosecution supported by The Donkey Sanctuary.

Carolyn Shires, 58, from Odiham near Basingstoke, received the ban last month from Aldershot Magistrates Court after she was found guilty of three offences under the Animal Welfare Act.


In total Shires had 80 to 100 horses, 12 donkeys, six goats, geese, pigs, birds and llamas, on her farm including two Poitou donkeys (above) which she neglected. One was emaciated and unable to stand.

The other was infested with lice and had raw wounds. Anna Harrison, The Donkey Sanctuary’s vet giving evidence in court said: “it doesn’t get much worse”.

Michael Crane, Head of Welfare at The Donkey Sanctuary, said: “This is a shocking case and the serious sentence reflects the extreme suffering Shires inflicted on her animals. Her two Poitou donkeys Voyou and Croissant were lucky to survive.

The sentence sends a strong message that animal abuse won’t be tolerated and cases like these strengthen our resolve to fight against animal abuse wherever we find it.”

District Judge Philip Gillibrand said Shires had an “absurd number of animals” and “no prospect of caring for them properly”.

He said that Shires believed she was an animal lover but “was not prepared to let go” and that things were “terribly wrong” on the farm in Odiham, Hampshire.

Shires was banned from keeping equines, llamas, goats and pigs for five years and sentenced to a 12-month community order with 250 hours unpaid work and £5,232 costs.

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