Thirty-one Arabian horses were rescued from a horse breeder in Blackpool in England who kept them in horrible conditions. The animals were found in very filthy stables which had not been opened in months. Eleven of them had to be put down on veterinary advice to end their suffering.
Inspector Carl Larsson of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA): “We had to force open some stables with a hammer and
screwdriver. Dirty bedding was stacked halfway up the doors and once opened they wouldn’t close again because so much muck spilled out.”
He continues: “There were horses with such crippling lameness from overgrown hooves that their legs were shaking with pain. They were unable to step down off the pile of muck out of their stables. One collapsed as it reluctantly made its way off.”
The woman who owned the horses was convicted of two offences under the Animal Welfare Act at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
She can’t keep any animals for 10 years with no appeal for five years. She was ordered to pay costs of £4,000 and £85 victim surcharge.
The 20 horses that survived are in care of RSPCA. They’re looking for suitable homes for the animals.