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Picture and video shows pain of centre’s animals

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 15, 2014

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THE RSPCA has released an image and video footage of the creatures that suffered at the Burton Wildlife and Animal Rescue Centre.

The video of a Gloucester Old Spot pig called Babe was released following the trial of Lindsay Newell, the owner of the centre, who was this week found guilty of six counts of causing unnecessary suffering to animals in her care.

Babe died while being filmed during a raid at the sanctuary, in Etwall, in November 2012.

The picture above shows a goat that died shortly after it was removed from the centre by the RSPCA.

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It was described in court as ‘emaciated.’

Newell, 27, of Lincoln Road, Stapenhill, was cleared of 25 of the 31 charges she faced. She was handed a two-year conditional discharge and was banned from keeping pigs, sheep, equines and goats for five years.

She must also pay £2,000 towards the cost of the case.

Following the sentencing, a spokesman for the RSPCA said: “We are satisfied the court has found the defendant guilty.

“The scene the RSPCA discovered when they visited with police, Derbyshire trading standards and an independent vet were quite shocking.

“The level of husbandry fell well below any acceptable standard.”

The footage of the pig was taken by a Derbyshire County Council trading standards officer, who attended the centre on the day of the raid. It shows the thin animal lying on its side in a shed. It then shakes before taking its last breath.

The video was shown as evidence during a five-day trial at Stafford Magistrates’ Court.

Following the conclusion of the case, Newell – a former veterinary nurse – told the Mail she would continue running the centre, but would limit the number of animals she took in.

She will hold fund-raising events for the centre, which is operated using donations.

Her ban means that new homes will need to be found for a pig, two horses and a Shetland pony.

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