28/02/2014 Charities appeal for information after three emaciated horses are found abandoned

Horse charity The Horse Trust, together with the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare are appealing for information after 3 emaciated horses were abandoned and left to die in Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire.

RSPCA Inspector, Rachel Smith, and World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Nick White, found three bay mares in a large cornfield near to the M25 in Chalfont St Peter on Friday 21st February. All three horses were emaciated and in a terrible condition.

One mare was so weak that she had collapsed and was unable to stand. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done for her and a veterinary surgeon put her to sleep at the scene in order to prevent any further suffering. It is not known how long she had been lying collapsed before she was found. Another mare has a serious injury to her hind leg. 

The two surviving horses are now receiving around the clock care at The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest for Horses in Speen, Buckinghamshire. There are both in a serious condition and face a long road to recovery but it is hoped that with expert care and veterinary treatment they will pull through.


The Horse Trust’s Chief Executive, Jeanette Allen, said “These mares are very affectionate and have clearly been well handled, and there are signs that they were cared for in the not too distant past. The horses were implanted with microchips, which should make it easy to detect the owner, but they had not been registered; sadly, this is a problem that we encounter all too often. It is truly heart breaking to see these horses in such an appalling state and they are yet more victims of the current equine crisis. We at The Horse Trust will do everything in our power to give them the fighting chance they deserve. ”


RSPCA Inspector, Rachel Smith, said: "This was an absolutely horrific situation. It is awful to think that someone no longer wanted these animals and just neglected then dumped them with no thought for their welfare."


World Horse Welfare Field Officer, Nick White, said: “It was cruelty of the worst kind to abandon these three vulnerable horses in this way. It was a very serious and sad situation but in a superb combined effort all the charities worked together to ensure the best outcome for them.”

Anyone with information about the horses or who the owners are should contact the RSPCA in confidence on 0300 123 8018.

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