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Abandoned horses: Charities call for government action

17 October 2012 Last updated at 12:07 BST

Animal welfare charities have called on the government for help as the number of abandoned horses soars with the recession.

Six charities have handed a report to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs asking for a new national database of horses, more checks on animals brought into the country and larger fines for those who abandon animals.