More neglected horses rescued

PUBLISHED: 11:22 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:09 26 October 2009

The two horses police took away on Saturday

The two horses police took away on Saturday

FIVE more neglected horses have been rescued by police - taking the total number seized in the past week to seven, writes Chris Lennon. Police and RSPCA officers swooped on a field next to to the Holwell travellers site, off the A414 near Hatfield, on Sat

FIVE more neglected horses have been rescued by police - taking the total number seized in the past week to seven, writes Chris Lennon.

Police and RSPCA officers swooped on a field next to to the Holwell travellers site, off the A414 near Hatfield, on Saturday afternoon.

Sgt Keith Dean said: "Yet again we had to seize two more horses due to them being mistreated.

"They were in a pen so small they could hardly have any exercise and no water. Both were undernourished."

Police returned to the site on Monday, taking another three animals into care.

As reported in the WHT last week, one horse died after being left neglected for weeks. Another was left critically ill, but is now recovering well in a veterinary hospital.

The owner of all the horses has this week been helping police with their enquiries.

Sgt Dean said not all horses being kept on the land were being mistreated.

"There are a high number of horses in the area which are well kept and in excellent condition and clearly being given the attention and grooming up and above the standard level.

"However, a minority fall way below that level, and it is those horses only that have come to the attention of the RSPCA and police."

He added if owners were struggling to care for animals he could supply details of charities that could offer help and support.

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