Horses Being "Dumped" In Dorset
7:43am 25th April 2014
(Updated 3:08pm 25th April 2014)
Dorset's RSPCA say horses are too often seen as "disposable items" which is leading to more of the animals being dumped.
Their comments come after a cob was found with its legs bound last week on Bere Road near Wareham Forest, it had been shot in the head.
In a separate incident Bridport Police launched an appeal after a horse was seen being pulled behind a moving vehicle near the town last month.
Dorset RSPCA Inspector Patrick Bailey says horse dumping is becoming an increasing problem and a concern;
"Over the last year we've had a huge rise in the number of horses just dumped or abandoned, either alive and healthy, alive and injured or dead and it's happening in Dorset just as it does everywhere else."
Patrick told us part of the problem is that the animals are less expensive to buy;
"Part of the problem seems to be there are a lot of them - horses - and they can be quite cheap to buy. So it's easy to take on a horse and I think a lot of people then realise that the problems come financially, meeting the horse's daily needs can be quite pricey as can vet care."
"It kind of shows how society is beginning to see horses as a disposable item. Some people may have taken on an animal not really thinking full about what it would involve for the rest of the animals life. And when the opportunity comes for an easy escape, they take that opportunity."
"If you're looking at it from a legal view it's an offense and if you're looking at it from a moral point of view it's just not an acceptable thing to do."
Dorset Police told us they attend incidents of horse dumping but pass over responsibility to the RSPCA unless prosecution is brought.