RSPCA lead horses and dogs from Hurst Farm in Ripley after Animal Welfare Act raid

January 9, 2019

RSPCA officers raided a farm in Ripley on Wednesday morning (January 9) in a major multi-agency operation.

A large number of horses were taken from Hurst Farm in Portsmouth Road, as well as several dogs, with an RSPCA spokesman saying the operation was likely to continue throughout the day.

Surrey Live understands there were more than 100 horses on the site, but the RSPCA spokesman was unable to confirm the exact number.

At around 11am, at least 40 horses were still being corralled in one of the farm’s fields before being led onto large horse boxes and taken to an undisclosed location.

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Seven of the horse boxes were seen waiting at the side of the road, with more arriving regularly.

As well as RSPCA officers, the operation involved Surrey Police, Guildford Borough Council, Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards, Bransby Horses, Redwings, The Horse Trust, The Donkey Sanctuary, World Horse Welfare, Dogs Trust and a number of vets.

It is believed that at least one individual has been taken for questioning by police, but no arrests have been made.

RSPCA officers carry dogs from Hurst Farm
(Image: Chris McKeon)

The RSPCA said in a statement: “On Wednesday (January 9) RSPCA officers joined Surrey Police to execute a warrant at a farm in Ripley, Surrey, under the Animal Welfare Act.

“The investigation is ongoing so we can’t go into any further detail at this time.”

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