More fears over horses as police and RSPCA called out for second time in two months

August 27, 2013
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Surrey Police and the RSPCA have been called out to assess the condition of more horses in the area following further concerns for their welfare.

It is the second time in two months that the authority and charity have received reports about the condition of the animals.

On the most recent occasion, officers were called to a field in Shalford where nine horses and three foals were grazing

They had already been called to monitor a group of horses in Compton, along with trading standards and the sanctuary Red Wings.

On Monday, police and animal welfare charity officers went to a field near Broadford Park in the village, managed by the Loseley Estate – the horses should not have been on the site.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “An RSPCA officer attended a matter resulting from concerns related to the condition of several horses in a field at Shalford.

“Also in attendance were an independent vet who inspected the horses, and officers from Surrey Police.

“Advice was given to the owner of the horses and the situation will be monitored by the RSPCA.”

The spokesman said there was some concern for the horses, but it was hoped this would be resolved.

Shalford resident Celia Taylor went to see the horses after being alerted by a neighbour.

“We were very upset to find nine poor horses and three foals. Some were really bony, with ragged hoofs, in a large, extremely dry field with little or no grass, full of horse and rabbit droppings,” she said.

“The worst sight was the five empty baths that I assume had been used for water because the horses were hanging around in the hope they were going to be filled. I actually burst into tears, as I watched a foal feeding from its scrawny mother.

“I fear that if my eagle-eyed neighbour had not spotted them, they would have gone un-noticed, leading to dead horses. Sad to say, the horses are still in the field.

“They must be deemed to be okay, even though the pictures we took were quite shocking.

“Perhaps the authorities are becoming immune to horse cruelty.

“I expect the vet or RSPCA have seen much worse. At what point of starvation do we say it’s cruelty?

“If we saw a dog or a cat with ribs and hips protruding and locked in a place without access to food or water they would be confiscated immediately. Why is it OK for a horse to go without food or water?

“The three days I visited the field the baths were bone dry. There was never any supplemental food. I can’t comprehend why the horses have not been taken somewhere safe.”

A spokesman for the Loseley Estate said the horses have been moved around many fields in the area, and they had put up 14-day notices telling the owner to move the horses.

“If in theory they do not go in 14 days we can destroy them,” the spokesman said. “Obviously, we haven’t done that. We are quite lenient.”

He said they often allow up to three weeks for the horses to be moved, as sometimes there may not be other fields for them to go to.

Anyone with concerns about animals can contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

Article source: http://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/police-rspca-called-check-bony-5767994


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