RSPCA says horse field unacceptable after online campaign

Mark Johnson tried to rescue a horse trapped in flooded fields in Fosse Park

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An animal charity has changed its mind about the standards of several horses after a social media campaign.

A Facebook group has received support from more than 40,000 people to move horses from a waterlogged field at Fosse Park in Leicester.

The RSPCA initially said that, despite one animal having to be put down, the horses had enough food and dry land.

But on Thursday, a spokeswoman said the standards were unacceptable and several younger animals were moved.

The RSPCA organised a site visit by a specialist vet on Wednesday who identified several concerns.

Horses in trouble

  • The RSPCA said the floods have stretched it to "breaking point" with more than 1,500 flood related calls since the beginning of the year
  • It has rescued hundreds of animals from flooded areas since Monday
  • World Horse Welfare estimates 6,000 to 7,000 horses are at risk because of flooding and other welfare issues across the UK

"As a result of this a series of issues were highlighted and the owner now has a number of actions to carry out to raise standards to an acceptable level," she added.

Previously, the owner of the herd said the animals were "in good condition", but would not comment on whether he would move them.

Everards Brewery, which owns the land, said it was offering help in finding alternative pasture.

One horse was found dead and decomposing in the field and a second had to be put down after it became trapped in the mud.

Horse The RSPCA said it would continue to monitor the horses' welfare every day

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