Great Harwood horses taken into the care of RSPCA

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HORSES were taken away from land in Great Harwood over concerns for their welfare.

The RSPCA said they were advised by vets to take the animals away after a number of visits to their field this week.

More than a dozen animals were examined by vets at the site in Clinkham Road, near Edge End on Thursday afternoon.

The RSPCA then made the decision to remove six of the horses. They will remain in RSPCA care while an investigation is ongoing.

One local walker, who contacted the Lancashire Telegraph, said: “The RSPCA were there early last week and it was good to see them because some of the horses were in a right state.

“I’m glad to hear they’ve taken some of them away because one was skin and bone.”

Another local resident said: “People walking past have been worried for some time. They don’t seem very happy and there’s not enough grass in the field to graze on.”

RSPCA officers, World Horse Welfare, and members of HAPPA, the Horse and Pony Protection Association, were at the site checking the health of the animals and feeding them hay.

After examinations were finished, vets advised that six of the horses should be removed.

Briercliffe-based HAPPA confirmed they had played an active role in helping to check on the horse’s welfare. A spokeswoman said they had spoken with vets and the RSPCA to assess what was required.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “The horses were seized by police on veterinary advice because of concerns for their welfare and placed in RSPCA care whilst our investigation takes place.

"No further information is available at this time."

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10:46am Sat 19 Apr 14

phil kernot says...

You might think RSPCA the sun shines out there backside well it doesn't ,, I'd never send money to this so called charity that pays its boss more than the prime minister ,, we came a cross a injured dog , that got hit by a train ,, Rung them they said nothing we can do , didn't send know one out so found a charity and they sent animal ambulance and the dog made a full recovery ,,, Thought RSPCA was ment to stop suffering to animals ,,, wrong ,, profit ist and animal welfare second ,,, oh and premium numbers ,,, used to milk the people who care about animals "..........
You might think RSPCA the sun shines out there backside well it doesn't ,, I'd never send money to this so called charity that pays its boss more than the prime minister ,, we came a cross a injured dog , that got hit by a train ,, Rung them they said nothing we can do , didn't send know one out so found a charity and they sent animal ambulance and the dog made a full recovery ,,, Thought RSPCA was ment to stop suffering to animals ,,, wrong ,, profit ist and animal welfare second ,,, oh and premium numbers ,,, used to milk the people who care about animals ".......... phil kernot
  • Score: 36

2:14pm Sat 19 Apr 14

useyourhead says...

If it is the coloured ponies I rang them about them months ago, lots of respiratory issues especially with one of the youngsters, poor thing was covered in green mucous, glad they are now getting proper care.
If it is the coloured ponies I rang them about them months ago, lots of respiratory issues especially with one of the youngsters, poor thing was covered in green mucous, glad they are now getting proper care. useyourhead
  • Score: 16

3:18pm Sat 19 Apr 14

mavrick says...

The RSPCA are not the experts they claim to be. They assume rights they do not have. Like others have said they pay their chairman more than the prime minister. The people I have dealt with at RSPCA centres seem to be arrogant know alls. I would not support this organisation.
The RSPCA are not the experts they claim to be. They assume rights they do not have. Like others have said they pay their chairman more than the prime minister. The people I have dealt with at RSPCA centres seem to be arrogant know alls. I would not support this organisation. mavrick
  • Score: 18

4:38pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Malthus says...

I have to admit that I am sick of so called charities that have now become cash cows for, (once again), a small, elite group of society. Charities are no longer altruistic organisations and have instead become cash generating machines, which provide a very nice livelihood for those who are employed by them. Perhaps if the Lancashire Telegraph had any journalistic integrity it would look into charities; charities which I believe have become scams. Even at a quick glance it hard not to notice that some charlies who pay their board's vast amounts of cash are undermining the real economy; they get their goods for free, they employ free labour, they get tax breaks too and on top of that they receive cash donations and legacies from those who donate their hard earned cash.

However, by getting bogged down in the politics of charity and the corruption of charity, ( I am as much to blame), the real issue here has been ignored. This is a story about the systematic neglect and ill treatment of a group of horses. Why does it not appear that the people responsible for this neglect have not been prosecuted and why have they not been charged with animal abuse? Hopefully, we will be receiving formation about what will happen to those responsible in the near future.
I have to admit that I am sick of so called charities that have now become cash cows for, (once again), a small, elite group of society. Charities are no longer altruistic organisations and have instead become cash generating machines, which provide a very nice livelihood for those who are employed by them. Perhaps if the Lancashire Telegraph had any journalistic integrity it would look into charities; charities which I believe have become scams. Even at a quick glance it hard not to notice that some charlies who pay their board's vast amounts of cash are undermining the real economy; they get their goods for free, they employ free labour, they get tax breaks too and on top of that they receive cash donations and legacies from those who donate their hard earned cash. However, by getting bogged down in the politics of charity and the corruption of charity, ( I am as much to blame), the real issue here has been ignored. This is a story about the systematic neglect and ill treatment of a group of horses. Why does it not appear that the people responsible for this neglect have not been prosecuted and why have they not been charged with animal abuse? Hopefully, we will be receiving formation about what will happen to those responsible in the near future. Malthus
  • Score: 18

9:03pm Sat 19 Apr 14

vendetta64 says...

i was working in accrington when i came across a dead cat in a back yard the cat looked very emaciated and had been there some time i also noticed that the same house had a dog which they let out into the back yard thinking this looked like cruelty and neglect i called the RSPCA helpline i was asked did the house holder know there was a dead cat there i said probably as there was fresh dog food and faceus in the they then informed me to call the council as they remove dead animal at no point were they interested in what i witnessed just as long as they did not have to investigate the incident the conversation came to an abrupt end when once again i was told to ring the council until i told the operator I WAS THE COUNCIL i will never give any money to this charity who claim to help and stop cruelty to animal what an absolute crock
i was working in accrington when i came across a dead cat in a back yard the cat looked very emaciated and had been there some time i also noticed that the same house had a dog which they let out into the back yard thinking this looked like cruelty and neglect i called the RSPCA helpline i was asked did the house holder know there was a dead cat there i said probably as there was fresh dog food and faceus in the they then informed me to call the council as they remove dead animal at no point were they interested in what i witnessed just as long as they did not have to investigate the incident the conversation came to an abrupt end when once again i was told to ring the council until i told the operator I WAS THE COUNCIL i will never give any money to this charity who claim to help and stop cruelty to animal what an absolute crock vendetta64
  • Score: 14

5:41pm Sun 20 Apr 14

ghost of sceptic says...

useyourhead wrote:
If it is the coloured ponies I rang them about them months ago, lots of respiratory issues especially with one of the youngsters, poor thing was covered in green mucous, glad they are now getting proper care.
Think its the fields just coming out of York village heading toward Blackburn. Drove past last week and noticed Police and i pressume a vet in field.
[quote][p][bold]useyourhead[/bold] wrote: If it is the coloured ponies I rang them about them months ago, lots of respiratory issues especially with one of the youngsters, poor thing was covered in green mucous, glad they are now getting proper care.[/p][/quote]Think its the fields just coming out of York village heading toward Blackburn. Drove past last week and noticed Police and i pressume a vet in field. ghost of sceptic
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Sun 20 Apr 14

maz;0) says...

RSPCA weren't interested when I rang them about asian neighbours **** fighting and dog fighting. I was asked to climb their back yard wall and take a pic to prove it !! Jeez.
RSPCA weren't interested when I rang them about asian neighbours **** fighting and dog fighting. I was asked to climb their back yard wall and take a pic to prove it !! Jeez. maz;0)
  • Score: 3

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