Limit to what RSPCA can do

SIR – The RSPCA would like to clarify some points made regarding the horses in Hatfield ( Why was action not taken sooner, ask our readers , WHT, April 8) The inspector who attended the emaciated horse near the Holwell caravan site had not been

SIR - The RSPCA would like to clarify some points made regarding the horses in Hatfield ("'Why was action not taken sooner,' ask our readers", WHT, April 8)

The inspector who attended the emaciated horse near the Holwell caravan site had not been contacted regarding this horse previously. There are many horses kept in this area and they are moved around frequently; a horse in one field on one particular day may not be there the following day. As a result, it can be very difficult to monitor each horse.

The RSPCA is unable to take action to remove animals unless they are assessed as suffering by a vet or if an owner agrees to sign them over into our

care. Otherwise, our inspectors have to work within the law and with owners to try to improve animal welfare.

We do not have the resources nor statutory responsibility to remove dumped bodies.

We urge people to continue to contact us on 0300 1234 999.

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Sophie Wilkinson, RSPCA

regional press officer.