Ten horses have been spotted fly grazing in Leighton just days after eight neglected ponies were dramatically rescued from a nearby field by the police and RSPCA.
Already concerns have been expressed by locals about the horses, in a field adjacent to Brown’s on Grovebury Road. One of the horses is believed to be a small foal.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “These are different horses to those removed from the field opposite last week, but we do have some concerns about them.
“We are checking on their welfare regularly and looking into what can be done for them long-term.”
The Church Commissioners who own the land where the eight horses were rescued, have shared their worries about fly grazing with the LBO. A spokesman said: “There has been an ongoing issue with horses fly grazing on our land off Grovebury Road.
“On each occasion it has been difficult to track down the owners. We can confirm that there was a dead horse on the land over the Christmas period which was removed on January 7 and we are in contact with our agents to discover how the horse was left for such a long period.
“The Church Commissioners are responsible landowners and take the welfare of any livestock on our land very seriously.”
And fly grazing is an issue now being looked into by the government.
A private members bill by Conservative MP Julian Sturdy has been approved in the Commons and is now awaiting consideration in the House of Lords.
The Control of Horses Bill has received cross-party support, and would reduce the time it takes to rescue abandoned horses from over two weeks to just 96 hours.
The MP said: “Animal welfare forms the backbone of the Bill, which, in its amended form, will go a long way towards improving the existing legislation on fly grazing.
“Clearly, we need to tackle fly grazing consistently across the whole of England, on both public and private land, and that is the Bill’s aim.”
The RPCA spokesman added: “The frequency of these cases involving fly grazing horses shows the increasing severity of the equine crisis which we and other horse charities are faced with.”