Kent

Katie Price in Kent horse refuge centre plea

Katie Price at the Horse Refuge in Wittersham, near Tenterden in Kent
Image caption Katie Price praised the work of the Horse Refuge

Katie Price has made a plea for people to donate money to help rehome horses at a Kent animal sanctuary which faces closure.

The glamour model made the appeal during a visit to the Horse Refuge, based in Wittersham, near Tenterden.

Sanctuary owner Sara Ross was unable to raise £600,000 needed to buy the land and avoid eviction on 12 August.

Ms Ross said the horses faced being slaughtered if another location could not be found soon.

Price, who began riding at the age of seven, toured the site and petted some of the horses which are too ill, old or abused to be rehomed with individual owners.

She said: "I've come to raise awareness to see if I can get people to help.

"I expected the horses to be bags of bones but I was surprised at how well kept they are.

"She's doing a really good job here. She looks like she's overloaded with animals, she's definitely very dedicated."

Ms Ross started the sanctuary in 1995. It is currently home to about 40 abandoned and abused animals.

She said they had to leave the farm by 12 August but had appealed for another four weeks.

Ms Ross added: "They're not domestic animals, you can't keep them in your house, so they're the first thing to go.

"We're desperate for people to give us money to save these horses as many of them have already had horrific lives and need to be well looked after.

"To avoid having the animals slaughtered we are appealing to everyone to send donations to enable us to move to another location."

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