Slaidburn woman denies animal welfare charges


A 55-year-old Slaidburn woman has entered not guilty pleas to 20 charges relating to animal welfare.

The charges involve, horses, dogs, cattle and sheep kept at Brookhouse Green Farm, Dale Head, Slaidburn, and in a field off Knotts Lane, Tosside.

Rachelle Peel, of Brookhouse Green Farm, pleaded not guilty to all the charges. Her husband Stephen Peel, who was not in court, faces the same charges.

However, the court heard that psychiatric reports had been prepared on his suitability to plead and these will be considered by the RSPCA, which has brought the prosecutions.

It is understood that a 
variety of allegations are contained within the 20 charges.

The allegations include having seven dead horses on their land, and welfare issues with live animals including causing unnecessary suffering through not addressing hoof care and maintenance problems, body condition and weight loss, rain scald and mud fever and lice infection, and failing to provide a suitable environment for the animals’ needs.

The pair also face allegations of housing live animals next to dead horses.

The cases were adjourned until September 25th for a further case management hearing prior to a two week trial which is expected to be held next year.