A pony who was left dumped and tethered in a field with a severe infection has found the happy ending he deserves – even picking up a rosette at a prestigious show in Buckinghamshire.

Beans, a gypsy colt, was rescued by RSPCA inspector Mel Fisher in April 2013 after a dog walker contacted the charity raising concerns about a pony on Lefarge land near the Holwell site in Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

Inspector Fisher said: “He had been hidden away from all … 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…

The RSPCA is launching an urgent appeal for homes for horses, ponies and donkeys as the number in the charity’s care exceeds 600.

England and Wales are in the grip of a horse crisis and it’s the animals who are paying the price.

In the last three years the RSPCA received 69,410 calls about equines in England alone – with more than 22,000 in 2014. Calls in West Yorkshire were the highest anywhere in the country last year (1,447), in … Continue reading…

The RSPCA says the main issues at this year’s Appleby Horse Fair* were dogs being left in hot cars and the over-working of horses, despite warnings ahead of the annual gypsy and traveller event.

 

The fair started on Thursday (6 June) and is winding down to its official end tomorrow (Thursday 11 June).

 

Four collie-type dogs were removed from the back of a pick-up truck on Friday afternoon (7 June). They were checked over by a vet and … Continue reading…

The RSPCA is urging people not to bring dogs to Appleby Horse Fair, Cumbria during the annual Gypsy and Traveller event, which starts on Thursday (5-11 June)*.

 

Despite repeatedly advising people of the dangers, police and the RSPCA rescued a German Shepherd dog from a hot car last year. The owner was convicted of two offences, banned from keeping dogs and ordered to pay £10,000 in costs. The previous year two dogs were removed from hot cars. Their owners … Continue reading…