Published On: Thu, Aug 31st, 2017

Animal cruelty: Horses dumped by side of the road to rot in shock images


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The young animal was covered with a tarpaulin and dumped like fly-tipped rubbish

The young animal was covered with a tarpaulin and dumped like fly-tipped rubbish in the latest shocking case of unwanted horses being thrown on the scrapheap.

Neglected and dying horses littering the countryside is becoming a serious issue for the RSPCA which has witnessed a massive spike in rescues it having to mount daily.

Last year the charity witnessed a 55 per cent rise, taking 979 horses into its case as overbreeding, high vets’ fees and the falling sale price of the animals conspire to leave increasing numbers on the scrapheap. Animal welfare organisations are pressurising the Government to tackle the scandal.

For one young white foal it meant being left to decay by the side of the road in Stoke-on-Trent earlier this month.

RSPCA Inspector Charlotte Melvin, who investigating the case, said: “Sadly, the foal was just dumped on a lane and covered with a piece of cloth. 

“The person who found it just thought it was fly-tipping, but when they lifted the tarpaulin they found the foal. It’s horrible to think what a horrid short and likely painful life it had.

“This tragic situation is sadly one of many, involving dead or dying horses, the RSPCA has been called to help with.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing more and more heartbreaking incidents involving neglected horses like this and it is extremely distressing for anyone to witness.”


We are seeing more and more heartbreaking incidents involving neglected horses

Charlotte Melvin


At present, the RSPCA is caring for 850 horses, donkeys and ponies and has launched the Stables Sponsorship scheme for animal lovers to help with their care.

The charity is also calling on ministers to tackle the numbers of horses being illegally abandoned as well as the highlighting the lack of enforcement in the horse passport scheme which is meant to keep track of the animals.

With 30,000 calls a year coming into the RSPCA’s operations centre from the public about horses last year, the charity’s equine expert says the crisis is deepening.

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Neglected and dying horses littering the countryside is becoming a serious issue for the RSPCA

RSPCA chief inspector for Greater Manchester Cathy Hyde, who also leads a team of specially trained equine inspectors, says: “For several years now we, as a charity, have been picking up the pieces of the equine crisis, with our inspectors being called out to sick, injured, neglected or cruelly treated horses every single day. And despite our best efforts the crisis is not getting any better.

“Last year we took in 979 horses which was a 55 per cent increase on the year before.

“For many of the horses, being rescued is just the beginning of a long road to recovery, and it can take many months for us to rehabilitate them to a point where they can be re-homed. The time and work during those months is absolutely essential but extremely costly, and we now find ourselves with over 850 horses in our care, so we desperately need the public’s help.”

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One rescue horse that has flourished after being rescued is a huge 18-hander called Jack

Because of the appalling state of many of the rescue animals, the charity is appealing for public support through its new Stables Sponsorship to pay for a range of necessities from straw for bedding to feed and veterinary fees.

“Those who rehome a horse from us are doing something very special but for those who aren’t in a position to do so, this new scheme provides a unique opportunity to make a huge difference, too,” said Chief Inspector Hyde.

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Jack is now in a new home in North Yorkshire with owner Sam Cook

One rescue horse that has flourished after being rescued is a huge 18-hander called Jack who was taken in by RSPCA Felledge Equine Centre in Chester le Street, County Durham, after being seized by police with a number of other neglected horses from a smallholding.

Jack is now in a new home in North Yorkshire with owner Sam Cook where he has gone from “strength to strength”, say the charity.

For more details about Stables Sponsorship, call 0300 123 0346 or visit rspca.org.uk/stables


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