After demands from the public to take action, Beds Police and the RSPCA have rescued eight remaining ponies living in a state of neglect.
The ponies – fly grazing on land off Grovebury Road – were a notorious sight to passers-by, being severely underfed and unkempt.
Five horses had died from the condition Cyathostomiasis, caused by parasitic worms.
On Thursday January 15, the remaining horses were rescued by team of charities including the RSPCA, The Horse Trust, Blue Cross and World Horse Welfare. Police closed the road and gave authorisation for them to be removed at 11am.
RSPCA inspector Kirsty Withnall said: “We have had serious concerns about these horses for some time and I am so pleased we managed to rescue them today and they are now receiving proper care.”
The operation took over four hours, with a team of 20 made up of the charities and Beds Police to catch and rescue the horses, who will now be put into the care of the charities.
Sergeant Andy Rivers of Leighton Buzzard Police Station said: “We have had numerous calls about these horses and have been working with the RSPCA and other partners to take action.
“We are seeking information about the owners of the horses and would like to hear from anyone who could help us locate them.
“This is a good example of partnership working and I’m pleased we’ve been able to rescue these horses before they suffered further.”
Anyone with information on the owners can contact Beds Police in confidence on 101, or text 07786 200011.