Animal welfare charity vows to keep a close eye on horses after residents raise concerns

This Is Local London: Linda Worboys, Dave Martin, Debbie Baldwin and Maureen Turner are concerned about the welfare of three horses. Linda Worboys, Dave Martin, Debbie Baldwin and Maureen Turner are concerned about the welfare of three horses.

Residents have raised concerns about the welfare of three horses in a muddied field covered with litter.

The plot of land next to Chingford Rugby Club, in Waltham Way, Chingford, has had horses on it for the past three years.

Residents and animal welfare activists have voiced their concerns over the lack of shelter, care, food and water the horses have received.

The owner, who locals say is called Ray, has set up metal fences within the plot of land and placed a small grey pony in a confined space.

It is understood the pony has been placed there to stop it from trying to escape. 

Maureen Turner, 60, of Sewardstone Road, lives close by to the horses and has contacted the RSPCA on several occasions.

She said: "Three weeks ago the grey pony got out and was eating grass on the verge of the main road.

"I stood there for ages with the horse until the police arrived and three hours later they couldn't track down the owner.

"The horses have no shelter and no food. They are going to end up with mud fever and I don't think the owner is doing his job to look after the animals."

Debbie Baldwin, of Old Church Road in Chingford says the horses are neglected.

"They are terribly neglected and they are lonely. I know the weather has been awful and most fields are muddy but they have no grazing area, or rugs to keep them warm.

"They look dehydrated and as though they have been dumped," says Ms Baldwin.

The plot of land which includes unused stables in disrepair, has wire mesh, old paint cans, a gardening fork, kids play toys and bits of plastic strewn across the field.

Linda Worboys of Winchester Road, in Highams Park, said she recently witnessed the horses with icicles hanging off their manes.

She said: "They are not being adequately cared for. It looks like a rubbish dump and the site is disgusting. In early January I passed by and saw icicles hanging off their manes.”

The RSPCA is aware of the situation and has sought to reassure residents concerns.

A spokesman said: "An RSPCA inspector has visited the field in the past few days and found that although conditions are not ideal, due to recent bad weather, both horses appear to be in good health.

"The inspector witnessed the owner feeding the horses and has been told he is currently fixing the fences and a shelter, which was damaged in recent storms, to give access to all of the horses."

"We would like to reassure the public that we are keeping a very close eye on these horses."

"Sadly this situation is not uncommon. The country is currently in the grip of a horse crisis with the RSPCA and other horse welfare charities struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses.

"We have about 100 spaces at our equine centres but have more than 800 horses in our care."

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10:02pm Sat 1 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

I hope this is not as a consequence of a campdown on horse meat. Horses, donkeys are intelligent animals who deserve better than this and it is a disgrace that prosecutions are not instigated here.
I hope this is not as a consequence of a campdown on horse meat. Horses, donkeys are intelligent animals who deserve better than this and it is a disgrace that prosecutions are not instigated here. Villagecranberry
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11:33am Mon 3 Feb 14

G_Whiz says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope this is not as a consequence of a campdown on horse meat. Horses, donkeys are intelligent animals who deserve better than this and it is a disgrace that prosecutions are not instigated here.
You will find that most of the people responsible for horse cruelty, also seem immune to any prosecution, or paying taxes for that matter!

I don't think that is the case with this Ray fella though?
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope this is not as a consequence of a campdown on horse meat. Horses, donkeys are intelligent animals who deserve better than this and it is a disgrace that prosecutions are not instigated here.[/p][/quote]You will find that most of the people responsible for horse cruelty, also seem immune to any prosecution, or paying taxes for that matter! I don't think that is the case with this Ray fella though? G_Whiz
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8:24pm Mon 3 Feb 14

jackblack007 says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope this is not as a consequence of a campdown on horse meat. Horses, donkeys are intelligent animals who deserve better than this and it is a disgrace that prosecutions are not instigated here.
more rubbish from the site idiot, his name should read ; village idiot
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope this is not as a consequence of a campdown on horse meat. Horses, donkeys are intelligent animals who deserve better than this and it is a disgrace that prosecutions are not instigated here.[/p][/quote]more rubbish from the site idiot, his name should read ; village idiot jackblack007
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8:58pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

jackblack007 wrote:
Villagecranberry wrote:
I hope this is not as a consequence of a campdown on horse meat. Horses, donkeys are intelligent animals who deserve better than this and it is a disgrace that prosecutions are not instigated here.
more rubbish from the site idiot, his name should read ; village idiot
Have you anything to say about the mistreatment of these animals or have you gone hoarse?
[quote][p][bold]jackblack007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I hope this is not as a consequence of a campdown on horse meat. Horses, donkeys are intelligent animals who deserve better than this and it is a disgrace that prosecutions are not instigated here.[/p][/quote]more rubbish from the site idiot, his name should read ; village idiot[/p][/quote]Have you anything to say about the mistreatment of these animals or have you gone hoarse? Villagecranberry
  • Score: -7

2:04pm Fri 7 Feb 14

Vertbaudet says...

Love how the RSPCA are making it seem like this is a new case, I reported this along with picture proof over 2 years ago!!!! There was 3 old brown horses back then and their poor tails and manes were so matted with thistles and poo that it was one big frozen lump! One was lame because it had hoof rot! The RSPCA have been aware for years and are not doing enough for these poor animals! They made him get their hoofs trimmed and their coats groomed about a year after I complained and them, he just let them get bad again and they let it happen, I live right next to them and the RSPCA do come and visit but don't do anything about it! My mother in-law had also rang about 3-4 times. They have no shelter what so ever, That field has no running water so god knows what the poor things are drinking, The water is kept right over the back where no one can see it! I have a friend in the police and she knows for a fact the police were called 3 times a few weeks back to help the escaped horses! 3 times they got out!! Right onto the main road! This is pure neglect, from the owner and the rspca.
Love how the RSPCA are making it seem like this is a new case, I reported this along with picture proof over 2 years ago!!!! There was 3 old brown horses back then and their poor tails and manes were so matted with thistles and poo that it was one big frozen lump! One was lame because it had hoof rot! The RSPCA have been aware for years and are not doing enough for these poor animals! They made him get their hoofs trimmed and their coats groomed about a year after I complained and them, he just let them get bad again and they let it happen, I live right next to them and the RSPCA do come and visit but don't do anything about it! My mother in-law had also rang about 3-4 times. They have no shelter what so ever, That field has no running water so god knows what the poor things are drinking, The water is kept right over the back where no one can see it! I have a friend in the police and she knows for a fact the police were called 3 times a few weeks back to help the escaped horses! 3 times they got out!! Right onto the main road! This is pure neglect, from the owner and the rspca. Vertbaudet
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