Own­ers take ac­tion af­ter fears over sickly horses

RSPCA step in af­ter public’s com­plaints over ail­ing an­i­mals

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ABC Plans - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

Two un­healthy-look­ing horses have been re­moved from a field in Ash­ford fol­low­ing calls from con­cerned res­i­dents.

The two ail­ing cobs were liv­ing on land off Vic­to­ria Road un­til late last week.

An­i­mal char­ity the RSPCA, and the Ken­tish Ex­press, both re­ceived calls about the two horses, which re­port­edly had rot­ten teeth, lim­ited food and wa­ter, and badly mat­ted manes.

Now, the in­spec­tor deal­ing with the an­i­mals says that the horses have been taken from the land by their own­ers, who are now fol­low­ing wel­fare ad­vice given to them by the char­ity.

A spokesman added: “The horses have food and wa­ter and are eat­ing, and we have con­sulted with equine vets and another equine char­ity, who do not have ur­gent con­cerns about their health.

“We will, how­ever, con­tinue to mon­i­tor the wel­fare of the horses and con­tinue to be in con­ver­sa­tions with their owner.”

Aban­doned horses in a field off Vic­to­ria Road, Ash­ford

A third horse, which was also liv­ing on the field and was iden­tif i ed as un­der­weight, was re­moved by the RSPCA ear­lier this month and given into the care of another horse char­ity fol­low­ing the ad­vice of a vet.

Prior to their re­moval, Ash­ford res­i­dent Jan Cook had vis­ited the horses and taken them food.

Speak­ing this week, she said: “I went down at the week­end and saw they had been re­moved. I was hop­ing a char­ity had taken them.

“I just hope the RSPCA keep an eye on them.”

Stella King, cen­tre man­ager at Can­ter­bury Horse Res­cue, said she had re­ceived half a dozen calls about the horses over the last few weeks.

She said: “They were in a con­di­tion that wasn’t ac­cept­able. The own­ers have moved them, now they are out of sight. Hope­fully they will ad­dress the sit­u­a­tion.”

Any­one with con­cerns about the horses or any oth­ers can call 0300 1234 999.

“It breaks my heart to see these poor horses ev­ery morn­ing on my way to work. Have been giv­ing them ap­ples but it isn’t enough, they need proper care! Makes me sick!”

“This is dis­gust­ing! Wish some­one would just take them and give them what they need. Breaks my heart.”

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM3996449

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