RSPCA has a cruelty case pending against Sue Jenkins, who allegedly starved 16 horses to death in Spain. A vet told her in January she was not feeding her horses enough
A WOMAN who allegedly allowed 16 horses to starve to death in Spain could be extradited to the UK to face separate charges.
The RSPCA confirmed that Sue Jenkins – the owner of the horses – is being prosecuted for eight alleged offences of cruelty or neglect to 15 other horses in Britain.
She has been ordered to appear at Coleford magistrates court, Gloucestershire on October 13.
Jenkins, who moved to Spain from her home of Gorsley, Gloucestershire last year, allegedly allowed the thoroughbreds to die from hunger on her estate in Cadiz.
Another 36 are still facing a death sentence from the Spanish authorities.
While she denies the mistreatment, a local vet who treated another horse that died in January, told the Olive Press she was not feeding her animals enough.
The vet in Medina Sidonia, where Jenkins lives, said: “After one of them died I was diplomatic but told her in my opinion they were not getting enough food. They were too thin.
“I wish I had notified the authorities then.”
The vet continued that Jenkins had ‘incredibly’ not called him until the horse had been lying on the ground for 24 hours. “I tried to save it by giving it fluids and anti inflamatories but it wasn’t working. A few hours later the horse died.”
The vet, who claims he is owed money by Jenkins, said: “She was clearly having a difficult time with money. She started telling me all her problems. She said she was having a baby and that I would get my money from the UK.
“I suppose she has not been feeding them properly due to a lack of money.”
Meanwhile a woman, who sold Jenkins 40 of her thoroughbred horses in the UK claims she still owes her thousands of euros.
Marleen Fewtrell owner of The Singing Stud near Ross-on-Wye in Herefordshire sold the Trakehners for around 5000 euros each.
Jenkins took the horses on interest free loans most of which are still outstanding.
One of the horses she bought, Herbsttanz – a horse seen hardly able to stand in photographs – is a full brother to the main breeding line and worth at least 400,000 euros.
Fewtrell told the Olive Press: “I wasn’t happy about Susie taking the horses out of the country but by the time I heard about it a vet had signed the export papers and they were gone.”
She continued: “The Jenkins family didn’t seem like bad people. There were a couple of occasions when Susie didn’t pay and I got in touch with her mother Gaynor and it was straightened out.
“I bred many of these horses and it’s heartbreaking to think of them suffering. Also it’s a huge investment on my part.
“I am now coming to Spain to see the horses for myself and try to get them back.”
“If she couldn’t feed them why didn’t she tell someone. I would have fetched the horses back!
“You can’t just sit back and watch your horses starve to death”.
“If what people say she’s done is true she deserves to go to jail”.
When approached last night Jenkins denied mistreating the horses in Spain and insisted they had died from contaminated food or saline water.
She said: “I have a contract for all those horses. On the court matter I can’t comment. You’ll have to speak to my lawyer Nigel Weller in the UK.”
Meanwhile Antonio Moreno from equine charity CACMA continues to spearhead a campaign to save the horses.