Jailed farmer launches appeal

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A FARMER jailed for neglecting a horse which had to be put to down is to challenge his sentence at a higher court.

Thomas Parker was jailed for four months by Hartlepool Magistrates’ Court last month over the care of his horse, Rupert.

He will go to Teesside Crown Court on Monday to appeal against his sentence.

An RSPCA inspector said the horse was the thinnest he had ever seen and magistrates heard Parker, 72, repeatedly failed to get a vet against advice.

He admitted causing unnecessary suffering to an animal between July 22 and September 22 last year.

But he twice failed to change his guilty plea, claiming his own vet’s reports suggested the horse did not starve.

The horse was discovered by workmen in a barn at Parker’s home at Green Farm, in Wolviston.

It had to be put to sleep within days of being seized by the RSPCA.​