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Lifetime animal ban and suspended prison sentence for livestock keeper who neglected sheep

A livestock keeper has been handed an 18-month suspended prison sentence and banned from keeping sheep for life after pleading guilty to animal neglect and by-product offences.

Staffordshire County Council’s trading standards team prosecuted 43-year-old Kevin Allman after repeated visits to the flock he had been keeping at Knighton, Adbaston. He was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, ordered to pay £2,705 costs and £115 victim surcharge in addition to the lifetime ban on keeping sheep.

Allman, of Hadnall, Shrewsbury, pleaded guilty to 16 offences at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on Monday. The court heard how county council animal health officers had made repeated visits to the field where Allman’s flock was kept in July 2016 after receiving an email from a member of the public.

On each visit officers found unshorn sheep, sheep with maggots and other injuries and on some occasions rotting animal carcasses. Finally on July 21 2016, on a vet’s advice, the flock of 90 sheep was seized under the Animal Welfare Act.

Staffordshire County Council’s communities leader Gill Heath said:

This is a shocking case of animal neglect which is reflected in the sentence. The judge recognised the seriousness of the offences which amounted to prolonged neglect, injury and death of animals. Advice given by our officers was repeatedly ignored. Our trading standards animal health officers support livestock businesses across Staffordshire to be productive and in being aware of current legislation. The vast majority are responsible and play an important part in Staffordshire’s economy. However where there is neglect and ignored advice they will take prompt action.”