'Violent' Donkey

A man who's donkey, Paco, kept violently attacking other animals on a field in Northamptonshire's been banned from keeping animals for 3 years.

39 year old Andrew Harding from Milton Keynes also has to serve 200 hours community service and pay a 6 grand fine after he was found guilty of animal neglect.

In a prosecution brought by the council's Trading Standards department, the charges included failing to stop stallion donkey Paco from attacking other animals in the field in Tiffield, near Towcester, Northants, in March and April last year.

Dramatic video footage showed the donkey violently biting and shaking one of the Kune Kune pigs at the field. The footage shows Paco grabbing the pig by its neck with his teeth and shaking him - afterwards the pig is filmed with an obvious injury to his neck.

Other charges relating to March, April and May last year, included failing to look after a pygmy goat that suffered from a skin condition, and failing  to look after a saddleback sow and several piglets.

Harding, of Bretby Chase, Westcroft, Milton Keynes, denied all eight charges but was found guilty in March this year.

He was banned from keeping all animals, except cats and dogs, for three years at Towcester Magistrates' Court, the county council confirmed.