The leading UK animal welfare charity says it is ‘concerned’ about the Leighton Buzzard ponies that are currently based on a field off Grovebury Road.
Readers of the LBO got in touch to report eight ponies that appeared to be abandoned on the site, owned by Church Commissioners, but the RSPCA say they are working to ensure the owners improve conditions.
A spokesman for RSPCA said: “We share your readers’ concerns about these horses and our inspectors are making regular visits to the field to check on their health and welfare.
“We have issued advice on a number of occasions to immediately improve conditions, which have been acted upon.
“However we are still concerned and are continuing to work with the owners to try and make things better for the horses.
“We’d like to thank members of the public who have also been keeping an eye on the situation and ringing us with information.
“Sadly the situation in Leighton Buzzard is not unusual. There are about 7,000 horses at risk across Britain because their owners are not giving them the care they need.
“The RSPCA has more than 700 neglected, abused and abandoned horses in our care at the moment - despite only having about 200 places at our equine rescue centres. Other horse charities are also full to bursting.”
A Church Commissioners spokesman said: “The Church Commissioners are awaiting further detail on this matter and take any claims of animal cruelty very seriously.”
Anyone looking to rehome a horse should visit www.rspca.org.uk/allaboutanimals/rehoming/petsearch