"Equine Crisis" in Dorset
7:41am 26th June 2014
There's been a dramatic rise in the number of horses being abused, neglected or abandoned in Dorset.
The RSPCA is blaming what it calls an "equine crisis" on falling horse prices, combined with rising costs for feed and care.
Dorset's seen one of the biggest increases in calls to the RSPCA complaining about equine welfare.
Gareth Johnson from the animal welfare charity told Wessex FM it's a dire situation;
"The RSPCA are the moment are inundated with abandoned neglected horses and ponies. We've got horses that have been abandoned on roadside - or event roundabouts. And it Dorset we have a 500% increase in horses being rescued."
"The people of Dorset have been very active indeed in report cases of cruelty. We're looking for people who can help us adopt or foster some of the fantastic horses we have got in our care."
A series of open days is being held at RSPCA centres to showcase our rescue horses and ponies, or to find out more about rehoming clickhere.
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