In­jured horse seen in field where two were found dead

Wor­ried res­i­dent thinks it was cut on barbed wire

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sleeping Rough - By Kristina Cur­tis

Wor­ried res­i­dents are again voic­ing their con­cerns over ne­glected horses in Kingsnorth.

One of the horses, in a field along Ash­ford Road, is be­lieved to have re­cently caught it­self on some barbed wire caus­ing in­juries to its eye and leg.

A con­cerned res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, said: “Last Mon­day I drove past the field and saw one of the horses was ly­ing down – it looked dead.

“I quickly stopped the car and went into the field to check and luck­ily it was just ly­ing down.

“I man­aged to get it stand­ing back up again. While I was in the field I no­ticed that another horse was in­jured above its eye and also on its leg.

“Its eye was bleed­ing heav­ily and the knee looked to be very swollen and bleed­ing. It looked as though it had caught it­self on barbed wire.

“I called the RSPCA straight away but have been go­ing back to check.

“It’s aw­ful be­cause I of­ten drive past th­ese horses and you can see them in­jured and dy­ing.

“I have even seen dead horses

What do you think? Write to Ken­tish Ex­press, Unit 4, Park Mall Shop­ping Cen­tre Ash­ford, TN24 8RY or email ken­tish­ex­press@ thek­m­ in there be­fore and horses are herd an­i­mals so it must be dis­tress­ing for them. It’s be­com­ing an epi­demic.

“Peo­ple are so con­cerned about th­ese horses and look af­ter them quite a lot but it’s not our re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

A spokesman for the RSPCA said some­one had been out to see the horses af­ter the in­jury was re­ported last week.

She said: “Please be as­sured we have looked into the wel­fare is­sue re­lat­ing to this horse and the owner is aware of the is­sue.

“We ap­pre­ci­ate peo­ple’s con­cerns about the wel­fare of horses on this site and we are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing, there­fore can­not com­ment fur­ther.”

This comes just two months af­ter dead horses were found in the same field.

In De­cem­ber, the horses were dis­cov­ered by an em­ployee of the Re­treat An­i­mal Res­cue.

It looked as though they had been dragged be­hind a barn and cov­ered with a car door, just yards away from the rest of the herd.

Res­i­dents fear that one of the horses may have an eye in­fec­tion

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