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Bristol animal charity faces big rise in animal numbers

A Bristol animal welfare charity has experienced a rise in the number of horses and ponies being brought in.

Horseworld, in Whitchurch, is struggling to cope with the excess number of rescue horses coming to the centre.

Elizabeth Goddard, from the charity, said: "It's down to the poor economic climate that people can't afford to provide the correct care for them."

The centre is currently full with 140 horses, donkeys and ponies.

Another 350 animals are being housed in "loan homes" with volunteers.

Ms Goddard said: "We've definitely experienced an increase in rescues we've been called out to where the animals haven't been looked after or they've been left straying on the roads."

Horseworld is currently looking for more potential owners to help with the influx in numbers.

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