Norfolk residents call for crackdown on neglect of horses

A black pony covered in lice has been left at the roadside in Roydon ANL-150204-084311009

A black pony covered in lice has been left at the roadside in Roydon ANL-150204-084311009

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Residents in the Diss area are urging for a greater crackdown on the inadequate care of horses and ponies after another animal was found abandoned in a poor condition.

The Diss Express received reports of a black pony abandoned in Brewers Green, Roydon last month, where it was later the subject of a 14 day abandonment notice placed by Anglian Water, asking the owner to get in contact.

The pony has since been removed from the site following the expiry of the notice’s deadline, after site visits from Norfolk Constabulary and an RSCPA inspector. It is unknown where it is now.

The woman who reported the abandonment, who wished to remain anonymous, claimed negligent owners were being given the benefit of the doubt too often, while another local resident described the problem as “very prevalent”, following similar recent incidents in Diss and Gissing.

“It’s lovely to have horses around, but the neglect of them is not on. Some people are doing the bare minimum to keep them alive,” one resident said.

“I think the organisations do their best, but as much as they do, I feel it takes far too long for the issues to be dealt with.”

A spokesperson for the RSPCA stated: “Issues involving fly-grazing horses are common and we and other animal welfare charities are very much facing an equine crisis with growing numbers of neglected and abandoned horses.”