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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Probe launched after horses are seized by Barrow police

A PAIR of sick horses have been seized near Barrow by police and the RSPCA after being “left in hell”.

The charity had collected the body of a dead pony owned by the same two people, just days before they had to step in again.

Animal lovers yesterday successfully campaigned to have the other two horses removed from the stables in Long Lane, Leece, near Barrow.

The group claims the horses had been left without regular food, water and care, for the majority of the winter.

Group leader Jemma Atkinson, 38, of Ulverston said: “We just want what’s best for the horses.

"I think the law needs to change to give the RSPCA more legal rights in these situations so that animals can be removed more quickly.”

RSPCA staff advised the owners to take immediate action on Monday evening.

Becky Evans, 28, of Roose said: “The vet said that the pony found on Monday had been dead for three days.

“The last two were left in the worst condition – they’ve been left in hell.”

The RSPCA has been footing the bill for veterinary treatment for the horses. Miss Evans added: “The RSPCA showed up and at first were just going to take the little one who was sick.

“But everyone told them to take both. The police came down and saw them both and said they were seizing them both.

“I think they are taking them to a centre in Penrith where they will be under 24-hour veterinary care.”

A Cumbria police spokesman said: “At 1.10pm the police were with the RSPCA in a field in Long Lane. They were there to seize two horses.”

Spokeswoman for the RSPCA, Leanne Plumtree said: “Two horses have been seized by police on the advice of a vet and placed in RSPCA care after one of them collapsed this morning. The collapsed horse, a yearling, is now under veterinary treatment.

“The two female owners were issued advice in respect of the horses on Monday when a pony was found dead at the scene. The body was taken away by the RSPCA for post-mortem.

“No further information is available at this time as our investigation is ongoing.”

A post mortem on the dead pony is being conducted in Liverpool.

The Evening Mail attempted to contact the owners but was unable to get a response before going to print.

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It really boils my blood that these poor animals have been left to suffer. It was brought to the RSPCAs attention by local horse owners who asked for the ponies to be removed there & then, they were left to continue to suffer unnecessarily - it's disgusting. I have just read "“The two female owners were issued advice in respect of the horses on Monday when a pony was found dead at the scene. The body was taken away by the RSPCA for post-mortem" ... GIVEN ADVICE?!!! I hope to god that the system is not going to these people walk away after been given "advice" I hope & pray that these people get prosecuted & a maximum custodial sentence given. The way these horses have been treat is unforgivable it's so sad.

Posted by Lisa York on 14 January 2014 at 20:27

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 allows animals to be removed if they might suffer in future so calls for changed in the law to give more powers to the RSPCA are futile. Those powers already exist and are not used.

Anyone who has problems with the RSPCA, should contact the SHG who will offer help and advice.


Posted by Michael on 13 January 2014 at 23:31

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