Ex primary school teacher charged with animal cruelty over horse slapping video to face crown court

A former primary school teacher is due to appear in crown court tomorrow after being charged with cruelty to a horse.

Sarah Moulds, 37, who worked for the Mowbray Education Trust, is accused of the two offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.

The defendant was summoned after footage of a woman repeatedly slapping a horse when it ran into the road went viral.

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It was alleged the footage was taken during a Leicestershire hunt.

The RSPCA charged Moulds with “unnecessary suffering” to a horse and not taking reasonable steps to “protect the animal from pain, suffering, injury or disease”.

At the time of the footage being released online, the animal charity described the scenes as “really upsetting” and urged anyone with information to come forward.

Moulds appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court hearing in January, facing the charges.

The 37-year-old, granted unconditional bail, will appear at Lincoln Crown Court for a plea hearing on February 28.

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