Ottery man admits causing suffering to donkeys

PUBLISHED: 15:43 16 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:50 20 October 2017

Raymond William Griggs pleaded guilty to neglecting five donkeys. Credit: RSPCA

Raymond William Griggs pleaded guilty to neglecting five donkeys. Credit: RSPCA

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A group of donkeys in Ottery were left in such horrendous conditions, two had to be put down, a court has heard.

Raymond William Griggs pleaded guilty to neglecting five donkeys. Credit: RSPCARaymond William Griggs pleaded guilty to neglecting five donkeys. Credit: RSPCA

Raymond William Grigg, 69, admitted to three counts of causing unnecessary suffering to the animals, when he appeared at Exeter Magistrates’ Court today (Monday).

Grigg, of Southern Hay, Longdogs Lane, also pleaded guilty for failing to provide care to five donkeys, resulting in their seizure by the RSPCA in April this year.

Magistrates banned the farm labourer from owning, keeping or participating with horses and donkeys for five years, as well as imposing an 80-hour community order and court costs of £385.

The court heard one donkey was ‘dull and depressed’ and had developed lice, pressure sores, lameness, overgrown hooves and chronic laminitis before being put down.

Raymond William Griggs pleaded guilty to neglecting five donkeys. Credit: RSPCARaymond William Griggs pleaded guilty to neglecting five donkeys. Credit: RSPCA

The second animal was recorded to have severe lameness in its left foreleg, a wound on its upper limb, severely overgrown feet and an ‘evasive and aggressive’ form of skin cancer.

Vets also examined three other donkeys for overgrown hooves, which were treated by a farrier and given pain relief.

Lindi Meyer, prosecuting on behalf of the RSPCA, said the defendant signed over the animals and admitted in his interview he should have given up the donkeys sooner.

She said: “He conceded that none of the donkeys had seen a vet recently – nor a farrier and hooves had not been trimmed for about 10 months. They had not been done recently as he couldn’t afford it. He did not realise that the donkeys were lame and did not think that the overgrown hooves were acceptable.

Raymond William Griggs pleaded guilty to neglecting five donkeys. Credit: RSPCARaymond William Griggs pleaded guilty to neglecting five donkeys. Credit: RSPCA

“Things had got out of hand but it was not intentional. He had financial problems and should have got rid of the donkeys before.”

In mitigation, James Rickard told the court that his client had booked a farrier to come to look at the donkeys, but had cancelled the appointment due to a family tragedy and not rescheduled.

Mr Rickard said: “Sometimes events take over in our lives and that is what has happened in this instance.”

He added Grigg had been farming for 60 years with an ‘unblemished record’ and had looked after the donkeys as pets and not for commercial gain.

“It has been his life, it has been his passion,” said Mr Rickard.

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