The overworking of horses was the big issue at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair*, during which temperatures soared.

 

“We had to warn far too many people whose horses were being worked to exhaustion in the heat,” said RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy.

 

“It was an exceptionally hot few days – which gave the fair a real holiday-type atmosphere, and relations were good throughout – but quite frankly, they should have known better. A number of horses had to … Continue reading…

Officers from the RSPCA will be pulling on their drysuits to make a final sweep of the River Eden today, ahead of Appleby Horse Fair*.

 

The annual Gypsy and traveller event starts tomorrow (Thursday 2-Monday 6 June) in the Cumbrian town.

 

RSPCA staff removed about half a tonne of dangerous debris from the spot popular for the washing of horses, including gates, fence posts and rusty farm equipment last week.

 

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “It … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is offering free short term pet boarding for flood victims who have been forced to leave  their homes.

 

Specially trained water rescue teams from the RSPCA have helped rescue both people and animals since the disaster started at the weekend.

 

Now that the water appears to be receding and the clean-up has started we are offering pet boarding to people who have been made homeless.

 

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Melloy said: “This is a terribly … Continue reading…

Four flood rescue teams of specially trained RSPCA officers have been out rescuing animals and people during Storm Desmond.

 

Cats, dogs, rabbits and even chickens have all been rescued, mainly from residential properties across the north of England, where their owners were forced to evacuate the rising flood waters.

 

As well as helping animals, the RSPCA’s flood teams have also been assisting other emergency services and have so far rescued 36 people.

 

Among those was a semi-conscious … Continue reading…

The death of two horses in a crash on the ‘flashing lane’ at Appleby Horse Fair* on Friday (5 June) has ‘overshadowed’ what was otherwise a good event for animal welfare.

 

The RSPCA appealed for information after the incident which happened on Long Marton Road, traditionally used for driving and riding horses at high speed to be shown off to potential buyers.

 

One horse died and a second horse had to be put to sleep by a vet … Continue reading…