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Horses ‘fly-tipped and left to die’, says RSPCA

The animal welfare charity described it as a 'horse crisis' and said some owners felt it was not worth paying a vet to treat an ill horse.

LOUIS LEE RAY: ‘Horses are regularly being “fly-tipped” and left to die by irresponsible owners… One mare had been dumped by the side of the road while trying to give birth, it said. The mother and foal both died. The charity said the problem was partly that horses were cheap to buy but expensive to maintain, especially if they needed veterinary care. It said prosecution cases involving horses had risen by 25% since 2015…

RSPCA chief inspector Sam Garvey said it had taken care of horses that had been “literally dumped down dirt tracks along with the rubbish”. “[The owners had] taken their rubbish out to fly-tip and at the same time taken a sick and injured horse along with it,” she explained…

Almost 1,000 horses were rescued by the RSPCA in England and Wales last year, the highest number for four years. The animal welfare charity described it as a “horse crisis” and said some owners felt it was not worth paying a vet to treat an ill horse, or put the animal to sleep and dispose of the body’. SOURCE…

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