BREAKING NEWS: New court date for former Horncastle Mayor on animal welfare charges

Pam Crisp Beard arriving at court EMN-141221-165144001
Pam Crisp Beard arriving at court EMN-141221-165144001

A former Mayor of Horncastle will have to wait until March for sentencing on a host of animal welfare charges.

Pamela Crisp-Beard (63) and daughter Maria Crisp-Beard, both of Linden Road, Horncastle, were due to appear before magistrates in Skegness today (Friday) after being found guilty of six offences each.

However, magistrates adjourned sentencing until March 10 to allow the probation service to prepare reports.

The pair denied the charges but were found guilty after a trial spanning four days which included evidence from a vet and two RSPCA officers.

The offences related to the Crisp-Beards keeping more than 50 animals both inside and outside their home in what the court was told were ‘dirty’ conditions.

The animals included 15 rabbits, a golden pheasant, two guinea pigs, five mice, two rats, two dogs, four ducks, a goose and 22 chickens.

The court was told some of the animals did not have sufficient food and water while the pheasant was so encrusted in excrement and mud, it was impossible to recognise.

The animals were removed from the property last January on the advice of a vet and have been housed elsewhere since.

In addition to the animal welfare offences, Pamela Crisp-Beard also faces two charges of being the person in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control in a public place.

The latter two offences allegedly took place in Stanhope Road, Horncastle last year - the first on July 25 and the second on October 1.