A smallholder from Torworth near Retford, Nottinghamshire has received a 10-year ban from keeping livestock, after carcasses of a pig and goat were found rotting and decomposing - to the point of skin and bone - on her land.

Under the law, carcasses must be collected without undue delay to prevent risks to public and animal health.

Gemma Ruth Slinger was sentenced at Mansfield Magistrates Court on June 16, after she pleaded guilty to a number of welfare and animal by-product offences. On top of her 10-year ban, she was also fined £350.

Nottinghamshire Trading Standards

On their site, visit Nottinghamshire Trading Standards Officers, accompanied by Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) Veterinary Officers, also found malnourished pigs rooting around on the land for food as there was no feed or water available.

In addition, officers found chickens roaming around the land, exposed to the risk of catching avian influenza (bird flu) despite national measures requiring poultry to be housed.

These conditions were found despite advice and support provided by Trading Standards to help the smallholder comply with her legal obligations, protect her animals and prevent the spread of disease.

Commenting on this case, Cllr. John Cottee, cabinet member for Communities at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “Our Trading Standards Officers work to assist farmers, smallholders and businesses across Nottinghamshire to comply with legal requirements which are in place to protect animal and public health.

"Where we find a disregard for these requirements, we take formal action. Failing to house chickens and remove animal carcasses as found in this case risks spreading disease and as a result poses a risk to animal and human health.

"Causing unnecessary suffering to animals such as the pigs found in this case is unacceptable. This is an excellent result for our Trading Standards team and should serve as a warning to others that we will not tolerate a lack of safeguarding of farm animal health and welfare.”