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Rise In Cruelty Against Horses In North Yorkshire

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6:57am 26th June 2014

The number of horses being rescued by the RSPCA in North Yorkshire has gone up by 1000% since 2009.

Calls to the charity have gone up by 27% in the same period.

RSPCA chief inspector Cathy Hyde, who heads a specialist team of equine officers, said:

“Over the past five years there has been a marked and very worrying increase in equine neglect and abuse.  This is witnessed on a daily basis by frontline staff."

“In 2009 we were removing on average two horses a day.  What is most shocking is that we are now removing on average five horses a day."

“This disturbing trend in neglect seems to be affecting equines more than any other animal that we deal with.”

She added that inspectors are seeing more large groups of horses which aren’t even being given the very basics - food and water.

The RSPCA is now asking stables to help provide homes for the 68 horses rescued in the county.

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