March 11 2014 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Abandoned horses are becoming a “serious problem” in Havering after two were found emaciated in Stapleford Abbotts.
One of them was dead and the other had to be put down 10 days later after being discovered off Horsemanside.
It comes two weeks after the Recorder ran a story about an emaciated horse being found in Harold Hill which sparked an RSPCA appeal for information.
They were found by a friend of student Rachel White, who is shocked by the situation.
She said: “The bones were protuding through the skin and they were extremely malnourished. They had stunted growth and you could see the extent of the starvation.
“It was disgusting and I think it’s a serious problem in the area at the moment.
“My parents have rescued several groups of them and the story the Recorder ran a couple of weeks ago shows it’s not an isolated incident.”
The keen rider from Romford, who owns a horse in Brentwood, says the passport for the pony aged it at 18 months old but the vet suspected he was younger in his appearance due to malnourishment.
As a result his nervous system shut down and there was swelling and bleeding on the eyes.
Her friend found the horses on February 7 and the second one was put down on February 17.
Miss White said: “We contacted the police and various rescue agencies but no-one could help us.
“My friend Tammy has been left with a £600 vet’s bill. The owners clearly didn’t care about the horses.”
The RSPCA admitted that horse abandonment is currently a national issue, especially in the Romford area.
Head of public affairs David Bowles said: “It’s not a good time for horse welfare at the moment.
“We’ve been out to thousands of horses that have been abandoned. Irresponsible owners often leave their animals to breed indiscriminately and fail to provide them with even the most basic level of care.
“We want to see greater enforcement of microchipping and passporting legislation. We need to keep raising the issue.”
For more information on rehoming a horse from the RSPCA visit www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/horses.