Two years on from the terrible ordeal, new homes are now needed for the abusedhorses, donkeys and ponies that were rescued from the Buckinghamshire based horse trader.
Over 100 animals were found starved, dehydrated and seriously ill at Spindle Farm in Amshersham last year and the culprit, James Gray, was sentenced to a 26-week jail term when he was found guilty of animal welfare offenses alongside his wife and three children.
Seventeen of the 36 horses rehabilitated by the RSPCA are now fit and healthy enough to be re-homed. The other 20 will be available for re-homing soon.
The RSPCA has spent £2.3m in legal fees, veterinary bills and caring for the animals. The RSCPA animal centres across England and Wales are now looking after the 36 horses with Redwings Horse Sanctuary, World Horse Welfare and The Horse Trust are looking after the rest of the animals and are making separate arrangements for their care.
Sally Learoyd, RSPCA equine rehoming officer, said:
“These horses have been through a terrible ordeal and we need to find extra special permanent homes for them. We’re looking for patient, experienced owners who have the facilities, time, knowledge and money needed to care for the horses for the rest of their lives. They are mostly youngsters so potential adopters will need to be able to offer a long-term commitment.”
Anyone wishing to give the horses a home should download an application form atwww.rspca.org.uk/amersham or call 0300 123 8000.