RSPCA ‘hopes’ to be able to remove neglected ponies

The RSPCA have announced they are hoping to remove six remaining horses from a Leighton field by the end of this week.

The news comes after at least five horses from the field were confirmed to have died from the parasite Cyasthostomes (small redworm).

LBO readers have reported the horses to be deeply neglected, looking underfed and severely unkempt.

In a statement issued on January 6, the RSPCA stated that nine horses remained in the field, but now that number has dropped to six. The charity was unable to confirm what had happened to the three unaccounted horses.

A spokesman said: “The RSPCA is treating the situation very seriously.

“There are six horses remaining at the site and we hope, with the help of other horse charities, to remove them by the end of the week.

“Before removing them we need to make sure they have good places to go to where they can be properly cared for, and make sure we had the correct equipment to be able to catch them.”

For a full update on this story, read next Tuesday’s LBO.