News of yet more equine neglect shock the UK’s equine community to its core
Fears are rising as more cases of horse neglect are reported at an alarming rate. There have been so many incidents in the past year that the RSPCA have been forced to euthanize a number of healthy horses as the number of animals able to be rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed has reached breaking point.
On Saturday 23rd a neglected horse was found collapsed having been starved in a field in Kent, off Fackenden Lane in Shoreham.
An inspector for the RSPCA, Nick Wheelhouse arrived shortly after hearing the news and tried to offer the animal food and water and calling both a vet and horse transporter to try to help get the horse moving. Devastatingly, the pony was later put down by the vet as he was extremely unwell and in such a poor condition.
Inspector Wheelhouse stated: “This is a very sad case. The horse had signs of being driven, he was emaciated and over-worked.
“I can’t imagine who would have allowed this young horse to get into such a state.
The sad reality is that there have been many devastating cases like this being reported. Just few weeks ago a lover of horses was inconsolable after discovering a young, deceased horse was dumped by the side of a road near her home and further bodies of two young horses were found dumped by a road near New Market Bosworth in January. Just a few days prior, the bodies of a mare and foal were found in a field in Scraptoft.
According to the RSPCA, they have received an overwhelming amount of calls in the last year reporting neglect of a mind-blowing 82,886 horses across England and Wales. The charity is looking after more than 800 horses currently that need new homes, but is worried it won’t be able to help all of them.
A spokesperson for the charity said: “Sadly the RSPCA sometimes has to put some animals to sleep simply because there are not enough people willing to give them a home,”
“The country is currently in the grip of a horse crisis with the RSPCA and other horse welfare charities struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses. We are stretched to breaking point with about 125 places at our equine centres but more than 800 horses in our care.
“We believe the main two reasons are the recession and overbreeding. Horses can be expensive to look after properly, it can cost about £100 a week, so if owners are struggling they often cut back on veterinary costs, routine care, shelter and feed.
"Despite the gloomy economic picture, horses continue to be bred as some dealers and some horse owners believe that they can still make a profit from breeding horses.
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