Foal dies in Faversham field despite calls to RSPCA.

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Foal dies in Faversham field despite calls to RSPCA.

Post  Admin on Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:17 pm

AN EIGHT-month-old foal left to fend for itself died despite a flurry of calls to the RSPCA.
Neighbours alerted the animal charity on at least six different occasions after realising the pony, and seven other horses, had been left in a field without food or water.



They say the animals, in a field off Straight Hill, Faversham Road, had no water for four days and no food for two.

Although an RSPCA inspector visited the site, the foal was found dead in the field on Wednesday.

One resident, who refused to be named for fear of reprisals, said: "We are appalled and angry.

"The death was entirely preventable had it been cared for properly or received help in time.

"People who pass the field regularly on the Newnham Valley road see what is going on and have reported the situation on many occasions to the RSPCA and local police but nothing has been done to help the animals.

"Up until now, they have somehow managed to survive but, on this occasion, one had become so weak it collapsed before being let out and died the following day."

The owners had shut the horses in another part of the field following a motorbike-racing weekend held on the land.

Similar events are held in the field every winter.

Residents said they had expressed concerns to the RSPCA over the animals' access to hay, straw, food and water during the motorbike weekends for the past two years.

RSPCA spokesman Klare Kennett said: "We received complaints about the lack of water and an inspector had gone out and dealt with that.

"You can tell people to improve conditions but, at the end of the day, if they are not breaking the law and causing animals to suffer, there's not a lot we can do.

Ms Kennett added: "The difficulty now is that the owner is denying responsibility for the foal, but we certainly aren't giving up on this incident."

The remaining animals have food and water and are thought to be healthy.
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Post  Trilby Bee on Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:57 pm

'You can tell people to improve conditions but, at the end of the day, if they are not breaking the law and causing animals to suffer, there's not a lot we can do'...unquote.

A foal is deprived of water for four days and food for two and it dies (presumably of dehydration) a slow and painful death and this is the best they can come up with? They are not breaking the law and causing animals to suffer...so why are the rest of us dragged to court? My mare didn't die of starvation or dehydration as she got four visits a day. Maybe because we are not horse dealers who will chase them with a pitch fork. Two years? That's how long it took for them to go to Spindles Farm after a couple of hundred phone calls (they took the cameras with them).  Rolling Eyes
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they dont have to prove suffering

Post  millie1* on Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:29 am

Perhaps this RSPCA inspector shoul;d be sent a copy of the AWA 2006 - section 9 is an offence that does not require proof of suffering so the inspoector is WRONG, and having been charged myself with unsuitable conditions this is certainly possible, if not then perhaps it helps to prove my case that the inspector involved in my case is on a personal mission!!!!!!!!!
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