Horse fos­ter­ing plea from char­ity

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News -

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 uk/sta­ble­fu­ture or call 0300 123 8000 for an ap­pli­ca­tion form.

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