CONCERN for a herd of abandoned horses in Gobowen grew last week when one died for unknown reasons.
An RSPCA inspector was joined by a vet at a site off the old A5 in Henlle last Monday (January 21) morning following reports that a horse had collapsed and was thrashing around.
The animal was one of six which are currently kept on the land, although the owners are not known.
An anonymous local resident told the Advertizer as the incident unfolded: “It is thrashing around on its side. It cannot get up, it cannot do anything. We have phoned the RSPCA, but it is not very nice to see. It is right next to the main road.”
The individual also said the horses had been abandoned six weeks ago, adding: “They have been pushing out of the field because there is no food whatsoever. We have contacted the RSPCA before and someone has dropped a bale of hay for them, but it is not enough.”
Shropshire Council confirmed the horses and the land were not owned by Jerry Berry, who is responsible for the nearby traveller site.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said inspectors have visited the site on an earlier occasion, adding: “Sadly the horse did die, although the cause of death is not known. The RSPCA will continue to monitor the other horses and a vet has been in attendance.
We would appeal to anyone who has any information who may own these horses to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.