Gloucester horses stranded by floods moved to safe ground

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A herd of 60 horses which was stranded by flood water has been rescued from farmland at Gloucester.

Concern for the animals had been growing after a group called Friends of the Causeway Horses posted on Twitter calling for them to be moved.

The owners have managed to get most of the animals safely off the site near the A40 to safer ground.

The RSPCA said it had given advice to the owners and was working with them to help the six horses still on site.

Lee Hopgood, chief inspector with the RSPCA, said: "They moved in three weeks before the floods started.

Image caption The horses have been checked by the RSPCA

"I don't think they were particularly well briefed by the people who rented the land to them but I have said to them they should have done the research before moving 60 horses on to this farm."

A group of volunteers had supplied hay and fresh water for the horses and provided blankets to keep them warm.

Nicky Turner-Sterling said: "We're all animal lovers and didn't want to see them suffer."

Three foals which were stranded and found to be suffering from salmonella were put down on veterinary advice, the RSPCA said.

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