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Animal Health Officers

Times Echo and Life / Animal Health Officers

September 26, 2019

Jail sentence for farmer who left lambs to die

Stephen Croxall, aged 50 from Kingstone, near Uttoxeter pleaded guilty to breaching the animal welfare act. Charges ranged from causing unnecessary suffering to animals to failing to record the administration of medicines. When animal health officers from Staffordshire County Council visited the farm on December 31, they found the animals in “terrible condition, starving and freezing to death.” One lamb was hypothermic, and another dead under a fallen gate. A young calf was also found very vocal and thin, indicating it had not been fed or watered. Several other animals had to be put down.

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