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Abandoned horses reach 'crisis point', say charities

19 March 2014 Last updated at 00:35 GMT

Charities are warning the number of abandoned horses in the Midlands is reaching critical levels.

Rescue centres say irresponsible breeders and rising costs are behind a surge in the number of animals being neglected.

The RSPCA wants tighter controls to keep track of owners.

Pam Caufield spoke to Sue Penny, the owner of Ha'penny Horse and Rescue in Worcestershire, and Cathy Hyde, an equine coordinator with the RSPCA.