RSPCA removes more than 200 animals from Ripley Hurst Farm over ‘welfare concerns’

January 10, 2019
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The RSPCA removed 204 animals from a farm in Ripley after a major multi-agency raid on Wednesday (January 9).

The charity said officers were acting on “welfare concerns” at Hurst Farm, in Portsmouth Road.

A statement from the RSPCA said 123 horses, 59 dogs and eight donkeys were among the various animals removed from the farm.

“They are now all receiving appropriate care and veterinary attention,” a spokesman said. “They will remain under the care of the RSPCA while the investigation is ongoing.”

The operation took most of the day and involved personnel from Surrey Police, Bucks and Surrey Trading Standards, Guildford Borough Council and several animal welfare charities.

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A large number of horse transporters were seen parked by the farm while the horses themselves were corralled in one of the farm’s fields before being loaded onto the vehicles and taken to an undisclosed location.

Several dogs were seen being carried from the farm and put into other vehicles.

 

The RSPCA spokesman added: “We’d like to thank Bransby Horses, Redwings, The Horse Trust, The Donkey Sanctuary, World Horse Welfare and Dogs Trust for helping us look after these animals.”

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

Article source: https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/rspca-removes-more-200-animals-15656725


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