Published On: Sat, Mar 28th, 2015 on 2:23 pm

RSPCA received the most horse crisis calls from West Yorkshire

West Yorkshire was at the top of the list when it came to horses being reported for reasons such as starvation, the RSPCA has revealed.

Horse Emaciated Danny RSPCA

Danny. Image: RSPCA.

RSPCA has today released figures that shows that in the span of three years, it has received 69,410 calls about equines in England alone with more than 22,000 in 2014.

Even though the number of calls have been decreasing from 2012 to 2014, calls in West Yorkshire were the highest anywhere in the country last year with 1,447 calls.

It was also the highest in 2013 (1,558) and in 2012 (1,867) with 4,902 calls received about horses.

The RSPCA claims it is at capacity with the numbers of horses in its care and needs to find homes for them to free up space to take in more neglected and abused animals.

Emaciated, covered in lice

One case of neglect is that of Danny, a two-year-old cob, who was found collapsed and emaciated in a muddy field in Leeds last year.

He was discovered with some hay but had so many worms in his body he was not getting any goodness from the food and became too weak to stand. He was also covered in lice and had sore bald patches on his body. He was nursed back to health after being rescued.

David Bowles, assistant director for public affairs at the RSPCA, said: “As the Control of Horses Bill has just been made law, it is too early to know if it will help to reduce the numbers of abandonments across England but when the same legislation was passed in Wales last year we certainly saw more horses at risk over the border in England.

“We hope that the new law, that means that landowners can seize fly grazing horses earlier, will be an incentive to those irresponsible owners who don’t microchip their animals and leave them to suffer, knowing that they could previously get away with it.”

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