Fresh concerns for groups of abandoned horses in Epsom

The abandoned horses in Banstead Road, Ewell

The abandoned horses in Banstead Road, Ewell

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Worried residents are raising the alarm for the plight of groups of abandoned horses at several locations across the borough.

Concerns have been raised about a group of horses left on waste ground in Chantilly Way, Epsom - the site on which three horses nicknamed Chantilly Fillies were left last year, before being removed by their owner in January when the Department of Health, which owns the land, threatened to evict them.

A second group, consisting of up to nine horses, has also been spotted on land next to the LA Fitness centre in Banstead Road, Ewell

Of the Banstead Road horses, resident Joanne Morris said: "They have no supplementary feed, no water, other than a bucket supplied by kind workers at LA.

"They've dropped weight.  They are not regularly visited or checked on.

"RSPCA say their hands are tied and they have to act within the law. 

"However knowingly leaving horses without access to fresh water is a deliberate act of cruelty."

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A RSCPA spokeswoman said it is aware of both sets of horses and has made regular visits to check on their welfare. 

She said: "The horses in Chantilly Way are different horses to those on the same site last year.

"The RSPCA and other horse welfare charities can only remove animals if the law allows us to do so and in this case the horses are clearly being fed, given fresh water and have some had owners visiting them, although we have not been able to trace these owners.

"We share concerns about the horses near Banstead Road and have arranged for them to be seen by a couple of vets. 

"We are working with the owners to try and improve their welfare and will continue to check on them regularly."

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The spokeswoman said the country is experiencing a "horse crisis" and that it is struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses.

She added: "We are also calling for better enforcement of legislation surrounding identification so that we can trace the owners of neglected or mistreated horses."

Surrey Police are making enquiries.

Contact the RSPCA by calling 0300 1234 999.

 

 

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12:19pm Thu 24 Jul 14

jswan1 says...

Who owns these and do they have permission to be on this land? If the law is being broken, the owner needs to be tracked down. Fine him enough to cover the upkeep of the horses for the remainder of their lives, and if he fails to pay, stick him in jail to rot. The only reason why they are being left unattended is because the punishments for doing so are too soft.
Who owns these and do they have permission to be on this land? If the law is being broken, the owner needs to be tracked down. Fine him enough to cover the upkeep of the horses for the remainder of their lives, and if he fails to pay, stick him in jail to rot. The only reason why they are being left unattended is because the punishments for doing so are too soft. jswan1
  • Score: 5

12:25pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

It is so obvious whose horses these are. These people who expect other people to feed, water, & medically care for these horses, are busy claiming various government & local benefits for themselves. Why should they pay out for their horses when they can just dump them in fields for others to do the work. Once the good residents nearby & the RSPCA have provided all the care, the owners will mysteriously arrive, at dead of night, & move them somewhere else in their Transit vans. And our dear council wants to provide more sites for these people to be installed in Epsom & Ewell.
It is so obvious whose horses these are. These people who expect other people to feed, water, & medically care for these horses, are busy claiming various government & local benefits for themselves. Why should they pay out for their horses when they can just dump them in fields for others to do the work. Once the good residents nearby & the RSPCA have provided all the care, the owners will mysteriously arrive, at dead of night, & move them somewhere else in their Transit vans. And our dear council wants to provide more sites for these people to be installed in Epsom & Ewell. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 10

1:18pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Epsom Ian says...

Chantilly Way land was recently sold, so it is probably now private land

last years nags were removed and were taken through Reigate by pikeys (travellers) as is normal

these nags are all over the borough, they should be rounded up and either passed over to horse sanctuary or the glue factory which ever is cheaper

and some silly mare, in her Honda CRV, in Epsom keeps feeding them
Chantilly Way land was recently sold, so it is probably now private land last years nags were removed and were taken through Reigate by pikeys (travellers) as is normal these nags are all over the borough, they should be rounded up and either passed over to horse sanctuary or the glue factory which ever is cheaper and some silly mare, in her Honda CRV, in Epsom keeps feeding them Epsom Ian
  • Score: 2

10:00am Fri 25 Jul 14

Daphne Du Bois says...

Well thank goodness for the "silly mare" Hopefully there are more silly mares on this earth than the less compassionate variety of human beings...and that includes the ones that abandon their animals.
Well thank goodness for the "silly mare" Hopefully there are more silly mares on this earth than the less compassionate variety of human beings...and that includes the ones that abandon their animals. Daphne Du Bois
  • Score: 2

10:43pm Fri 25 Jul 14

rocket400 says...

best to put them down, better to be dead than let the pikeys keep neglecting them
best to put them down, better to be dead than let the pikeys keep neglecting them rocket400
  • Score: 4

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