RSPCA calls on foster carers to look after neglected horses

TWO miniature horses from Logan were found in appalling condition when animal welfare inspectors moved them to the RSPCA Wacol shelter.

ON THE MEND: Two minuture horses from Logan were seized by RSPCA inspectors after being found in terrible condition. Photo: RSPCA

ON THE MEND: Two minuture horses from Logan were seized by RSPCA inspectors after being found in terrible condition. Photo: RSPCA

The two horses are among a total of eight which have been seized this week with the RSPCA expecting a further eight more will be sheltered next week.

RSPCA Chief Inspector Daniel Young said a number of horses were found to be malnourished.

“We understand only too well about drought conditions but hay, although expensive, is available and it’s an owner’s responsibility to make certain their animals are fed,” he said.

“If they genuinely can’t afford to keep them then they need to make other arrangements such as a rescue group or agistment.”

Shelter manager Nanda ten Grotenhuis said the RSPCA was desperately appealing for foster carers to provide a secure home for the rescued horses.

"We simply don’t have the space to keep them onsite once they are ready to be rehomed," she said.

"Some areas, particularly around the Gold Coast, still have ample feed, but the RSPCA also organizes feed for all foster carers."

Ms Grotenhuis said the two miniature horses were on the mend.

"They were in terrible condition when they came in but they’re in great shape now,” she said.

For more information on fostering horses and to request an application form email fostering@rspcaqld.org.au.

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