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Farm at centre of massive horse rescue for sale

April 28, 2010

The house on Spindles Farm is to be sold with .91 acres.

Sheds from Lot 4 of the sale, which is on 22.69 acres.

The farm at the centre of one of the biggest horse rescues in British history has gone on the market.

Spindles Farm, outside Chiltern Village, about 4km from Amersham, has gone on the market in four lots.

More than 100 starved and neglected horses were removed by welfare groups from the Buckinghamshire property in January of 2008. The bodies of a further 32 equines were found on the property.

Several members of the horse-trading family of James Gray were charged with neglect and defended the charges. They were found guilty in May last year after a 12-week trial, brought by Britain's RSPCA.

It was the longest running animal welfare trial in British history.

They have all appealed against their convictions and should know the outcome next month.

The heaviest sentence was imposed on James Gray, who received a 24-week jail sentence after being convicted of 11 charges under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. He has been released pending the outcome the outcome of the appeal.

The four lots comprise a five bedroomed detached house on 0.91 acres, a block of 2.8 acres, a 13.33-acre block with a small barn, and a farmyard on 22.69 acres.

Offers have been invited for the lots, which are being marketed by Windsor-based PJSA Ltd.

At the time of sentencing last June, British charities revealed that the cost of caring for the rescues horses stood at close to £1 million.



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