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C-OLWYN BAY. PETTY SESSIONS. 1 Saturday.—Before Messrs. T. G. Osborn, | M.A. (in the chair), John Porter, W. T. Haugh- TODi James Wood, Joseph Jones, John Roberts, and Dr. Montague Williams. ALLEGED CRUELTY TO HORSES.. 'MECHANICAL LAMENESS,' BUT NO PAIN. Inspector Harberd, of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, sum- moned Herbert Bliss Hill, of Rhos, for cruelty to a pony, by causing it to be worked in an unfit state; and Ellis Lloyd, Mr.. Hill's groom, summoned for working the pony in that 8»&te on the 17fch of February. Mr. S. R. Dew, Bangor, appeared for the Prosecution, and Mr. E. H, Thome, Wolver- hampton, for the defence. After stating his case, Mr. Dew put P.C -Uiomas in the box, and commenced to examine Wm with regard to the state of the pony, and *hat was said to the defendant Lloyd on the 10th of February, when Mr. Thome objected, saying that they were not,Bummoned in respect of the 10th of Feb- ruary, and if any evidence was admitted re prding that day, it would be wrongly admit- ted. That would be in his favour, for in the event of a conviction on such evidence, he ^ould appeal to the Queen's Bench, and the Conviction would go. Mr. Dew argued that he was perfectly en. "tied to call evidence with respect to the 10th February, to show the history of the case, was an ingredient in the case, and would guilty knowledge on the part of the de- fendants. Mr, Thorne retorted that it might as well be said that if a man committed murder on the '7th, they could say that he had committed it °» the 10th. Mr. Dew replied that there was no analogy all between this case and the supposition of M*' Thame. They did not murder the pony on Nw 10th. .The bench ruled that Mr. Dew must confine "ittself to the date of the summons. The prosecutor was then examined. Inspector Harberd said that on the 17th of February, he saw the defendant Lloyd driving r.§rey gelding in Prince's Drive, Colwyn Bay. JWas attached to a trap, and going very lame lhdeed. He spoke to Lloyd, and said the pony Etill lame. Defendant said 'I cannot help ly You saw the governor about it last week.' j*e then advised Lloyd to take the pony quietly Qme. He found that there was a bony enlarge- ment on the inside joint, attended with a lot of and was painfpl to the touch. On j*}a following day, he saw Mr. Hill, and told *)lBa he had stopped the pony on the previous hay. Defendant Hill said he knew the animal had been lame for years, but not in pain. Mr. f*1" said further that he had had the pony out morning, and was going again in the after- nOon. Mr. Hill said he did not care what Mr. .Booth had said, because he could bring plenty veterinary surgeons to prove that it was not pain. On the 21st of February, the pony ?as examined by Mr. Towers. Having regard to the general condition of the pony, he (the Anspeetor) was of opinion that it was cruel to Work the animal. In cross-examination, the Inspector said that j.e animal was suffering from an incurable jjlsease, and would practically be in the same from day to day. If he was told that it S4* not in pain on Friday, he could only say in his opinion, the pony was in pain on 617th of February. t ^fank Booth proved examining the pony, and it to be suffering from a bony deposit on inside knee joint. It was suffering from )j?rpitis, and an animal suffering from that disease could not be walked or trotted without Pain. John Towers, veteiinary surgeon, Llandudno, said he examined the pony on the 21st of Feb- ruary, and agreed with what Mr. Booth said about the condition of the animal. Mr. Thorne, for the defence, admitted that the pony was lame, but did not suffer pain. He Urged that when the bony deposit was forming, there would be inflamation and pain; but when the ossification was complete, the knee joints became cemented together, causing a stiffness and lameness, but the pain would have ceased entirely. Mr. Hill had all along worked the Pony on veterinary advice. The pony was a Pet one, and Mr. Hill was not likely to wilfully Cause it pain. v Mr. Hill stated that the pony in question had °een in his possession for seven years, and had ?een lame for two years or more. It was well- ^nownin Wolverhampton, and was quite as bad then as it was now. But the police officers the officers of the Royal Society did not say a word about the animal, though they saw almost daily. The pony had been under the treatment of a veterinary surgeon in Wolver- ?anjpton, and Mr. Kellet, Colwyn Bay, had °een called to see it. He saw the pony exa- ^'ned by the advocate on the previous night, ft o.*t -id not show any signs of pain, nor did pinch. The pony, in his opinion, -was not in Pam. If he thought it wa3, it would not be forked. John Woodruffe Hill, veterinary surgeon, ^lnt Leonards on-sea, said he was a Fellow of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and been in practice for 30 years. He saw *jls brother's pony on the previous night, and r*ove Afterwards, he examined the pony, Jlfhich was affected with a bony deposit, but *«ere was no inflamatory matter present, and v^ere was no pain. (He explained the disease y a specimen knee joint). Crdss-examined, he said that Mr. Booth must vaVe made a mistake when he said there was when he examined the pony. The tolly was available then, and he defied Mr. rrOoth or Mr. Towers to prove, by examination 11 his presence, any inflamation. pMr. Edward Kellett, veterinary surgeon, ^olwyn Bay, said he had known the pony for Jbout 18 months, and he quite agreed with Mr. r^H's opinion. There was no trace of pain, and bad advised Mr. Hill to work the pony. The Ossification had cemented the knee joint, and hat caused the lameness. When the bony de- P°sit was in course of formation, there would inflamatory matter and pain but when the atural cure was complete, the ossification ^°uld cause a mechanical lameness, but there as no pain. v ^ne bench retired to see the pony with the eterinary surgeons; and after a long private °^versation, returned to court, when g Jjhe Chairman said that they were not satis- » but having regard to the conflict in the recessional evidence, they gave the defendant 416 benefit of the doubt. A DANGEROUS PRACTICE. Joseph Evans, Mostyn Street, Llandudno, as fined 5s. and costs for leaving a van on the l4tu to obstruction of the public, on the *h of February, in Colwyn Bay. THE DRUNKARDS' LIST. Isaac Lewis, Colwyn Bay, pleaded guilty to e^g drunk and disorderly in Colwyn Bay on February, and was fined 5s. and 7s. 6d. "William Williams, farm labourer, Llanelian, as summoned for being drunk at Llysfaen, on Qe 18th. of February, but did not appear. *n hi8 absence, a fine of 10s. and 8s. 6d. costs ^inflicted. ■L iUiam Jones, Hafodwryd, Llanddulas, for rhnDg ^rank in llysfaen, on the 18th of Feb- a^ry, was mulcted in a penalty of 5s. and 8s. ed. costs. Joseph Morris, Colwyn Bay, an old offender, an^ j?e<* 30s- and 9s. 6d. costs for being drunk jj^uaorderly in Station Road, on the 1st of MOTHER CAHRGE OF CRUELTY TO A HORSE DISMISSED. Batr°kert I*avies, Mount Pleasant, Colwyn c^y, Was Charged by Inspector Harberd with sta* y to a horse, by working it in an unfit to °? the 21st of February. Amphlett defended. Said hear5nS the evidence, the Chairman of H. Jy°nld give the defendant the benefit e doubt, and dismissed the charge. A DRIVER RELYING ON THE MOON. •njamin Morris, Grove Road, Colwyn Bay, was charged by Sergeant Tippet for driving a trap without lights after lighting up time on the 25th of February. Defendant pleaded guilty. In stating the case, the Sergeant said that when defendant was asked where his lamp was, he pointed to the moon and said 8 There it is.' LEAVING HIS EMPLOYMENT WITHOUT NOTICE. Hugh Williams, Colwyn Bay, was summoned by Thomas Hucchings, Bryn Eiryn, Rhos, for leaving his employment without notice, and f2 damages were claimed. Mr. Nunn prosecuted, and Mr. Amphlett de- fended. For the prosecution, it was submitted that defendant was employed at the Bryn Eiryn Milk Farm, to attend to the cows and take milk out. He was paid fortnightly at the rate of 19s. a week, and should have given a fortnight's notice before leaving. However, after some words with the stock-keeper on Sunday after noon, February 19th, he Went away, and another man had to be sent with the milk float. Without calling for the defence, the bench held that the prosecution had not proved con- tract of hiring or custom of the country, and the charge was dismissed.




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