Horse fostering plea from charity
AN URGENT appeal has been issued by the RSPCA to find foster homes for almost 40 young horses neglected by their owners in the eastern region.
The charity has said there are currently 38 young horses, aged between one and three, in the East of England and East Midlands region which have suffered neglect and cruelty and need new homes.
Sally Learoyd, the RSPCA’S equine rehoming officer, said: “Over the past year we’ve seen a huge increase in the amount of horses being disowned or allowed to get into an appalling state because the trade in horses has collapsed.”
“I’ve heard of young horses being sold for £5 – less than the price of a bottle of wine. I’ve heard of horses being bought and sold in pubs and we’ve come across a case of someone keeping a horse on a tower block balcony and feeding it on kitchen scraps.
“Fostering our youngsters is a way that horse lovers can help us with this problem.
“We have found new homes for a record number of horses over the past year but we simply cannot keep up with the flood of animals which need our help because of terrible neglect and cruelty.”
Foster carers must have experience handling horses, grazing and be able to take a youngster in for six months.
To apply, visit www.rspca.org. uk/stablefuture or call 0300 123 8000 for an application form.