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Monday, 16 September, 2002, 19:35 GMT 20:35 UK
Cart man jailed for cruelty
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A man who ran a service taking tourists to Norwich Cathedral in a horse-drawn cart has been jailed for 28 days for causing unnecessary suffering to the horse.

Frederick Agombar, 54, of Church Farm Cottages, Little Witchingham, Norfolk, admitted the offence when he appeared before Norwich magistrates.

Richard Wood, prosecuting for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), said Agombar had been spoken to about the care of the horse, named Arthur.

The harness did not fit properly, causing the horse to have sores, and it had a chronic breathing condition, said Mr Wood.

On Monday, Agombar denied Arthur had suffered as his sores had been treated.

Jailing him, chairman of the bench Paddy Seligman said he had disregarded professional advice and had carried on regardless.

Agombar was banned from keeping non-domestic animals for five years and the ownership of Arthur, who is about 20, has been handed over to the RSPCA.


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