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Farmer jailed for animal cruelty


Cornwall Trading Standards found emaciated cattle grazing in fields which also contained animal carcasses

A Cornish farmer has been jailed for 60 days for repeatedly neglecting cattle after vets and animal inspectors found them "unacceptably thin and emaciated".

John Wadge, from Tregirls, Bodmin Moor, was convicted last month by Liskeard magistrates of five counts of failing to properly care for his animals.

The offences took place while he was banned from keeping animals.

At the time, he was also subject to a suspended sentence for previous cruelty offences.

Magistrates were informed that inspectors working for Cornwall Trading Standards had found the cattle grazing in a field which contained more than 25 animal carcasses and rusting farm machinery.

Liskeard magistrates told Mr Wadge they were jailing him because of his "repeat offending in direct contravention of a suspended sentence for similar matters and because of the overall extent of the animal neglect".

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