Horses ‘fly-tipped and left to die’

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Image caption Adie the horse being rescued

Race horses are regularly being “fly-tipped” plus left to die by irresponsible owners, the RSPCA has informed the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

One mare had been left by the side of the road whilst trying to give birth, it stated. The mother and foal both passed away.

The charity stated the problem was partly that race horses were cheap to buy but costly to maintain, especially if they needed vet care.

It mentioned prosecution cases involving horses acquired risen by 25% since 2015.

‘Horse crisis’

RSPCA chief inspector Sam Garvey said it experienced taken care of horses that had been “literally left down dirt tracks along with the rubbish”.

“[The owners had] taken their rubbish out to fly-tip and at the same time taken a unwell and injured horse along with this, ” she explained.

“And we’ve gone out to phone calls and not been able to see the horse till we’ve literally rifled through the junk. ”

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Image caption This horse survived right after being rescued from a lake

Almost one, 000 horses were rescued from the RSPCA in England and Wales this past year, the highest number for four many years.

The animal welfare charitable organisation described it as a “horse crisis” and said some owners sensed it was not worth paying the vet to treat an ill equine, or put the animal to rest and dispose of the body.

Ms Garvey said she had also preserved a Shetland pony from a nineteenth floor flat in London, whose proprietor had taken it there with the lift.

A report published in 2015 estimated that there were nearly eight hundred, 000 horses in the UK.

‘Horses for free’

The RSPCA operates private stables which nurses preserved horses back to health. It is presently caring for more than 850.

One of those currently being treated is Adie, who was found collapsed and protected in mud on a footpath upon New Year’s Eve.

It is thought he had become sick, so his owner had left him there to die.

“It took five individuals to try and get him up.

“It was very contact and go – often if a horse goes down it’s the end, therefore you have to put a lot of hard work plus time and effort to get them back on the feet, ” said Ms Garvey.

Picture caption Adie has now already been nursed back to health

Ms Garvey stated she had seen horses offered online “cheaper than a kitten”.

“There were horses meant for as cheap as £ twenty five, horses for free, ‘buy the mare, get the foal for free’. [It’s] horrifying. ”

She compared this using the cost of treating a horse along with colic, which can be as much as £ four, 000 to £ 5, 1000.

Prosecutions involving horses have increased by 25% in the last two years, in order to 225 in 2017.

The charity said people who had been finding their animals too expensive to maintain should seek professional advice, through either local instructors or charitable organizations.

View the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire program on weekdays between 09: 00 and eleven: 00 on BBC Two as well as the BBC News Channel.