Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Bishops Waltham horse herd rescued after one animal dies

A herd of 22 horses have been rescued after one animal was found dead in a field in Hampshire.

Police and the RSPCA first went to the field on Dundridge Lane, near Bishops Waltham, on 9 January after receiving a report of neglect.

They found the dead animal and another severely lame horse, which was seized and taken away for treatment.

The remaining herd was "in an unhealthy state" and officers began to monitor them before seizing them on Saturday.

'Extremely shocking'

Police used powers under the Animal Welfare Act and the animals were taken into the care of the RSPCA.

An investigation to find the owner or owners is being carried out by Hampshire police and the animal charity.

PC Sarah Newman said: "It was extremely shocking to see these horses in such a poor state of health.

"We continued to monitor the herd and ensured the field was suitable for grazing and that they had enough water.

"The horses are now being cared for by the RSPCA and receiving treatment needed for their recovery."

PC Newman urged anyone who may have any information about the owner of the horses to contact police.

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