Equine crisis in Kent

The RSPCA is increasingly concerned about an equine crisis in Kent this winter involving horses who were neglected and then ‘dumped to die’.

The RSPCA has seen an alarming increase in calls about neglected or dumped dead horses in Kent

The RSPCA has seen an alarming increase in calls about neglected or dumped dead horses in Kent

The charity has received a spate of calls about distressing equine incidents in the county in the past few months. In this time RSPCA inspector Rosie Russon and other officers have been called to more than 38 heartbreaking scenes in the county, with horses found dead or dying. They were left in terrible conditions by the side of roads, in woodland and sometimes dumped under fly-tipped debris as if they were rubbish. 13 horses were found already dead, and 25 were collapsed and dying - six were in such a bad state that nothing could be done to save them and 19 were rescued, cared for and treated.

“The equine crisis in Kent has been horrendous over the past couple of months and doesn’t feel like it is slowing down," says Rosie. "I have been called out again and again to horses who are either already dead, or are so neglected it’s just too late to save them.

“We urge owners who are struggling to care for their horses to contact the RSPCA or other horse welfare charities for advice and assistance rather than dump their animals in a dying state. This equine crisis is heartbreaking for us all and we do all we can to rescue animals when we can but often by the time we are called it is too late. We rely on the public to be our eyes and ears in these situations as we can only investigate when we have information and evidence about who may have dumped an animal." 

The RSPCA urges anyone who has any information at all about who are neglecting their horses to call 0300 1234 999, in complete confidence.

The charity’s cruelty line received 75 complaints, rescues and collections about horses in Kent in November, 69 in December and then in January the number rose to 108. In February the figure was 82.

To help the RSPCA carry out their vital work please text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).

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