Hereford & Worcester

Barnt Green horse sanctuary owner fears for animals after eviction

The owner of a Worcestershire horse sanctuary has warned some animals may have to be put down after she was handed an eviction notice.

JJ Gallagher plans to build 170 homes on the site. Barnt Green Horse and Animal Rescue has until 1 June to move.

Sanctuary owner Raynor Walker said she needs "more time" to find a new site.

In a statement, the landowner said it was "fully assisting in finding or providing alternative premises" for the rescue centre.

Ms Walker, who said she had saved about 1,000 horses over the past 25 years, said she felt "physically sick" when she got the eviction notice.

"I accept we've got to move, all I'm saying is please give me some time," she said.

She is currently looking after 28 horses.

The sanctuary has already been forced to move twice from sites in Rednall and Barnt Green to make way for housing.

In a statement, JJ Gallagher said it sees the rescue centre as "an important entity" and will continue its "longstanding support for it, both financially and operationally".

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