Horse dies from starvation and neglect

PUBLISHED: 16:46 11 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:07 26 October 2009

The horse was too weak to stand and had to be lifted into a truck.

The horse was too weak to stand and had to be lifted into a truck.

A HORSE has died and another is critically ill after being left for weeks without food and water. The two animals were dramatically rescued from a field off the A414, near Hatfield, on Saturday lunchtime. One horse was just about able to walk but the othe

A HORSE has died and another is critically ill after being left for weeks without food and water.

The two animals were dramatically rescued from a field off the A414, near Hatfield, on Saturday lunchtime.

One horse was just about able to walk but the other was too weak to stand and had to be lifted into a truck, to be ferried to a rescue shelter.

Sgt Keith Dean of Hatfield neighbourhood team said the horses were both about a year old and emaciated.

They had no food or water - other than puddles on the ground - and were full of lice and ringworm.

Police, firefighters and RSPCA officers had been called to the scene after a member of the public raised the alarm.

The horses were taken to an undisclosed centre, where one died during Saturday night.

The other is said to be making "slow progress" in its bid to recover.

Sgt Dean said: "The poor animals were in an awful state and were clearly suffering from extreme neglect.

"How any person could treat horses in such a way, with complete disregard for their welfare, is quite beyond belief and shows a total lack of humanity."

Police are now trying to trace the owners, believed to be members of the travelling fraternity. Call Hatfield's rural officer, Pc Jo Wakelen, on 01707 638112 with information.


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