A HORSE-breeder convicted of animal cruelty has been tracked down to her new home deep in the Andalucia outback.
The Olive Press has located the new address of Susanne Jenkins – who was convicted of horse cruelty in the UK – after she disappeared from her Cadiz farm last June.
In 2008 at least 12 of Jenkins’ horses died on her ‘Farm of Death’ in Medina Sidonia, allegedly due to a lack of feed. Now, experts fear history may repeat itself.
“They look to have been completely abandoned, the blemishes on their coats are a clear indicator of a severe absence of food.”
After seeing our exclusive photos, Antonio Moreno from equine charity CACMA, revealed: “Some of these horses are in a very bad way.
“They look to have been completely abandoned, the blemishes on their coats are a clear indicator of a severe absence of food.
“Their skeletal appearance shows that they have gone weeks without correct feed.”
The charity spokesman added: “The horses are certainly in a bad way, malnourished, with dry wounds and maybe even intestinal parasites.
“I am sure some of them will not make it through the year.”
It is a view also held by Jill Newman, from the Andalucian Rescue Centre for Horses (ARCH).
“They look in really bad condition, almost as if they are being fed, but on very bad quality feed. It is also possible they have either worms or bad teeth,” explained Newman.
“They obviously need veterinary attention but at first glance it is more neglect than cruelty. Where does one draw the line between the two?”
Meanwhile, another local horse specialist described their health as “shocking”.
Using a Body Condition Score Chart – a method that records the amount of fat covering parts of the body – the specialist concluded that they were in poor health.
“The dark bays are missing muscle on the back and neck, the horses are either ill or it’s a clear case of starvation,” explained the specialist.
“A huge number of bones that should be otherwise concealed by body fat are on display.”
Meanwhile, an animal rights activist, who wanted to remain anonymous, has criticised the Junta and Seprona (the Guardia Civil’s animal welfare arm) for their apparent lack of action.
“This whole process seems to be going round in circles,” explained the activist.
“Judging by their past record, I’m sadly not surprised Seprona and the Junta seem disinterested.
“I saw the horses for myself recently and they look to be in almost as bad a state as they were at her old farm in Medina.
“She is trying to look after so many horses without providing them with the necessary feed and resources. She has over-stretched herself.”
However, Seprona official Pedro Chavez has defended his organisation and also insisted that allegations the horses were unhealthy were “lies”.
Chavez, whose organisation hs visited the farm on a number of occasions, said: “People can say whatever they like but I have seen the horses with my own eyes and right now they are ok.
“A few photos don’t mean anything, the horses are certainly much healthier than they were in Cadiz.”
Last summer, the Olive Press printed photos of emaciated, vulture-eaten horses owned by Jenkins.
Worse still, two years ago, some 12 of Jenkins’ horses died on her ‘Farm of Death’ in Medina Sidonia.
Jenkins was also convicted back in the UK for the mistreatment and starvation of horses.
She was discredited by the judge as being “deluded”.
However, Jenkins insists that she has been the victim of “severe bad luck” and maintains that her horses have suffered from various diseases.