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Horse Dumped And Left To Die In Barnsley

Friday February 10 2012


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INSPECTORS from the RSPCA are investigating after a horse was dumped and left to die on a footpath in Barnsley.

The animal was found by a member of the public in woods in Clayton near Thurnscoe last Thursday - it was thought to have been alive when it was dumped but had died by the time officers arrived.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said they were called by a passer-by and sent an inspector straight out. She added: "Unfortunately, the horse had died before we got there.

"We believe this poor animal has been dumped out of the back of a truck or van to die, probably because the owners didn't want to pay for a vet to treat it or the knackerman to dispose of it.

"We have seen a number of similar incidents in South Yorkshire, particularly in the Doncaster area, in recent months."

Anyone who has any specific information about who the owners are should call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for inspector Tamsin Drysdale.

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Reply Posted by guest? on Friday February 10 2012 at 10:10
b......s.....

Reply Posted by Sharongreen1962 on Friday February 10 2012 at 10:19
cant belive that anyone could do this cant tell you what i would like to do to them ,they want locking up but thats too good for them .we are hearing more awful stories like this lately think when they get the sickos that do this they dont come down hard enongth on then

Reply Posted by Taxigal on Friday February 10 2012 at 11:08
Think the goverment needs to get things sorted in England, n STOP giving money to other Countries, i always thought Charity began at home.!!!

Reply Posted by Jojobarnsley on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:33
i wonder how much this poor creature suffered, its a bag of bones. Gypos no doubt !!

Reply Posted by Susan Rhodes on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:34
sick people about

Reply Posted by Sarahclarke28 on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:35
That is sick, how anybody can do that to an animal, I hope the catch the people responsible.x

Reply Posted by jr on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:38
should be found and exactly the same thing happen take to a secluded place chain them up put water and food out of reach but in sight and leave go back in a few days and if still alive leave till dead and hopefully will be as slow and as painfull as what the horse went through and just for good measure hope it snows and hails from being chained to to dying evil B******S they are

Reply Posted by Joanne Pete on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:45
sick b#####'s nowt else ffs vets arent that expensive take out insurance then ya covered ffs they need shooting its down right evil make me sick some ppl do 

Reply Posted by Joanne Pete on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:45
sick b#####'s nowt else ffs vets arent that expensive take out insurance then ya covered ffs they need shooting its down right evil make me sick some ppl do 

Reply Posted by on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:48
poor horse , so cute , hope they catch the people involved ,  u r not human

Reply Posted by on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:48
poor horse , so cute , hope they catch the people involved ,  u r not human

Reply Posted by The_grump on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:49
Shocking, I can't believe that human beings are capable of such cruelty to another living thing, it really is horrendous.

Reply Posted by Ds0149j3096 on Friday February 10 2012 at 12:52
Probably gypsies they have no emotional connection with their animals... theyeven get their little kids to fight!!! why would any human being harm and neglect an animal like this???

Reply Posted by jo on Friday February 10 2012 at 13:05
this is soo sad.x very upsetting i hope they catch those who have done this,pitty they cant do the same to them.

Reply Posted by Sheriffracing on Friday February 10 2012 at 13:09
Im SHOCKED....and very upset to see this......how on earth can anyone do this kind of thing...poor poor thing.. :-(

Reply Posted by Junefoster12 on Friday February 10 2012 at 13:53
what a terrible thing to do hope they get caught who ever did this.leave them without food and drink for a long time

Reply Posted by Sammie210396 on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:00
As an horse owner I think it's absolutely terrible to believe such a cruel human could do such a thing !!!

Reply Posted by Sammie210396 on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:00
As an horse owner I think it's absolutely terrible to believe such a cruel human could do such a thing !!!

Reply Posted by Sammie210396 on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:00
As an horse owner I think it's absolutely terrible to believe such a cruel human could do such a thing !!!

Reply Posted by Buster on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:00
This is horrific. We are both from animal loving families and have always had pets. Neither of us eat meat, either. I hope our lass doesn't see this 'cos she can't bear this kind of cruelty. She gets quite distressed. 
 In the news recently you might have seen that some insurers have stopped insuring animals because of the escalating, already high cost of vet bills. This is causing a huge amount of distress to people with pets and other animals that need care but, who cannot pay these strangely high fees. I've heard that because of lack of funds even the P.D.S.A. will only treat ONE animal from a home where the owners are on some kind of benefit. If you are not on benefit you won't get through the door. (So I'm told).THERE IS NO NEED TO DUMP ANIMALS. (Especially not for financial reasons).THERE ARE WAYS TO GET HELP.Contact the R.S.P.C.A. and sign the ownership of the animal over to them. They will take it from there. They can arrange treatment for those that are treatable and even find new homes for some of them.If you are scared because of the condition of the animal then, at least let the R.S.P.C.A. know where they can find it. An anonymous phone call is good enough but, make sure you get the correct location details across.Do it in plenty of time to give it a chance of being helped. We all know that some lives may not be able to be saved but, at least they can be given a humane and more dignified send-off than this poor horse.DON'T LEAVE IT TOO LATE.

All the animal organisations in the country need to get together and find a way for ordinary people to get affordable treatment and care for animals, especially in hard times.
Any ideas?

Reply Posted by Buster on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:00
This is horrific. We are both from animal loving families and have always had pets. Neither of us eat meat, either. I hope our lass doesn't see this 'cos she can't bear this kind of cruelty. She gets quite distressed. 
 In the news recently you might have seen that some insurers have stopped insuring animals because of the escalating, already high cost of vet bills. This is causing a huge amount of distress to people with pets and other animals that need care but, who cannot pay these strangely high fees. I've heard that because of lack of funds even the P.D.S.A. will only treat ONE animal from a home where the owners are on some kind of benefit. If you are not on benefit you won't get through the door. (So I'm told).THERE IS NO NEED TO DUMP ANIMALS. (Especially not for financial reasons).THERE ARE WAYS TO GET HELP.Contact the R.S.P.C.A. and sign the ownership of the animal over to them. They will take it from there. They can arrange treatment for those that are treatable and even find new homes for some of them.If you are scared because of the condition of the animal then, at least let the R.S.P.C.A. know where they can find it. An anonymous phone call is good enough but, make sure you get the correct location details across.Do it in plenty of time to give it a chance of being helped. We all know that some lives may not be able to be saved but, at least they can be given a humane and more dignified send-off than this poor horse.DON'T LEAVE IT TOO LATE.

All the animal organisations in the country need to get together and find a way for ordinary people to get affordable treatment and care for animals, especially in hard times.
Any ideas?

Reply Posted by Buster on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:00
This is horrific. We are both from animal loving families and have always had pets. Neither of us eat meat, either. I hope our lass doesn't see this 'cos she can't bear this kind of cruelty. She gets quite distressed. 
 In the news recently you might have seen that some insurers have stopped insuring animals because of the escalating, already high cost of vet bills. This is causing a huge amount of distress to people with pets and other animals that need care but, who cannot pay these strangely high fees. I've heard that because of lack of funds even the P.D.S.A. will only treat ONE animal from a home where the owners are on some kind of benefit. If you are not on benefit you won't get through the door. (So I'm told).THERE IS NO NEED TO DUMP ANIMALS. (Especially not for financial reasons).THERE ARE WAYS TO GET HELP.Contact the R.S.P.C.A. and sign the ownership of the animal over to them. They will take it from there. They can arrange treatment for those that are treatable and even find new homes for some of them.If you are scared because of the condition of the animal then, at least let the R.S.P.C.A. know where they can find it. An anonymous phone call is good enough but, make sure you get the correct location details across.Do it in plenty of time to give it a chance of being helped. We all know that some lives may not be able to be saved but, at least they can be given a humane and more dignified send-off than this poor horse.DON'T LEAVE IT TOO LATE.

All the animal organisations in the country need to get together and find a way for ordinary people to get affordable treatment and care for animals, especially in hard times.
Any ideas?

Reply Posted by Beckyduff83 on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:07
thats sick how can anyone let any animal suffer like that...... if ya can't afford the vet bills or just dunt wnna pay em DONT HAVE F==CKIG PETS u heartless b==tards1

Reply Posted by custom cuffs on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:37
not the first time theres been a dead horse dumped up there.

Reply Posted by custom cuffs on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:37
not the first time theres been a dead horse dumped up there.

Reply Posted by lesley on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:40
i wish i could get my hands on these people i would show them ,but people like that will hide away like the scum they are

Reply Posted by lesley on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:40
i wish i could get my hands on these people i would show them ,but people like that will hide away like the scum they are

Reply Posted by lesley on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:40
i wish i could get my hands on these people i would show them ,but people like that will hide away like the scum they are

Reply Posted by Lucy Jacobs on Friday February 10 2012 at 14:50
Signing over animals to the RSPCA is NOT a good idea. Much better to contact charities/sanctuaries that actually deal with horses, dogs, cats etc. The RSPCA fail more animals than they help.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/6115690/RSPCA-puts-down-10-German-Shepherds-with-bolt-gun.html

Reply Posted by Buster on Friday February 10 2012 at 16:22
I've read the article on your link and I agree that is not a very good result at all. In fact, it is distressing.
I  have experienced the signing-over strategy actually saving life where it would have otherwise been lost. it's not all negative.
You get different situations and you get different people trying to deal with those situations. Some cases manage to win through and others not. It's very sad. 
My comment above may not provide an ideal solution but, I wanted to put more options into the heads of those who do not know which way to turn and who think their only way out is to dump an animal, an animal that may meet a nasty end. 
I'm very glad to see that other people are concerned, including yourself.

Reply Posted by Buster on Friday February 10 2012 at 16:30
P.S. I'm  wondering if you have any knowledge about why vet fees are so high. It's something I would love to know. I've sometimes wondered if some gets ploughed back into animal welfare or not.

Reply Posted by Buster on Friday February 10 2012 at 17:19
Hello, again.
Anyone who speaks out in favour of animal welfare can't be so bad after all. It's one reliable way I have of measuring people. Peace, brother.

Reply Posted by Louisajthornton on Friday February 10 2012 at 18:26
Thats disgusting they should be locked up for that

Reply Posted by Ballerina on Friday February 10 2012 at 18:43
That's very cruel and heartless!!!!

Reply Posted by Ballerina on Friday February 10 2012 at 18:43
That's very cruel and heartless!!!!

Reply Posted by Ballerina on Friday February 10 2012 at 18:43
That's very cruel and heartless!!!!

Reply Posted by Ann-walton on Friday February 10 2012 at 18:45
shoot  t   bxxxxxxxs    wen they  get em  owww  cruel  n sick  r they

Reply Posted by Gaynor Wragg on Friday February 10 2012 at 18:48
omg as a horse owner and lover of the animals these people are not fit to breath the same air as us they need putting to sleep them selfs . poor little animal looks like it as been starved aswell dont look very old too and its ad to die all alone my heart breaks!!

Reply Posted by Lulabelle86 on Friday February 10 2012 at 19:07
That has really upset me I used to loan a pony n would give anything for a horse now but I have neither the time or the money so wud be unfair this is a disgrace and the people shud be found and sent away for along time I am disturbed by this greatly!

Reply Posted by Kathy-1964 on Friday February 10 2012 at 19:30
This is shocking - but what would a judge do if they caught the callous people?? Just a slap on the wrist a FINE and ban them from owning horses again - probably unenforceable. No the people who did this ought to suffer like that poor animal - they should be deprived of food, shelter and left to get a nasty illness that won't be treated then left until they are nearly dead then callously thrown from a moving vehicle onto a public footpath to die a sad lonely death! I am  a great believer in Karma - I believe for every wrong doing you get it back ten fold - well I hope for that poor animals sake this happens.

Reply Posted by Kathy-1964 on Friday February 10 2012 at 19:30
This is shocking - but what would a judge do if they caught the callous people?? Just a slap on the wrist a FINE and ban them from owning horses again - probably unenforceable. No the people who did this ought to suffer like that poor animal - they should be deprived of food, shelter and left to get a nasty illness that won't be treated then left until they are nearly dead then callously thrown from a moving vehicle onto a public footpath to die a sad lonely death! I am  a great believer in Karma - I believe for every wrong doing you get it back ten fold - well I hope for that poor animals sake this happens.

Reply Posted by Kathy-1964 on Friday February 10 2012 at 19:30
This is shocking - but what would a judge do if they caught the callous people?? Just a slap on the wrist a FINE and ban them from owning horses again - probably unenforceable. No the people who did this ought to suffer like that poor animal - they should be deprived of food, shelter and left to get a nasty illness that won't be treated then left until they are nearly dead then callously thrown from a moving vehicle onto a public footpath to die a sad lonely death! I am  a great believer in Karma - I believe for every wrong doing you get it back ten fold - well I hope for that poor animals sake this happens.

Reply Posted by Kathy-1964 on Friday February 10 2012 at 19:30
This is shocking - but what would a judge do if they caught the callous people?? Just a slap on the wrist a FINE and ban them from owning horses again - probably unenforceable. No the people who did this ought to suffer like that poor animal - they should be deprived of food, shelter and left to get a nasty illness that won't be treated then left until they are nearly dead then callously thrown from a moving vehicle onto a public footpath to die a sad lonely death! I am  a great believer in Karma - I believe for every wrong doing you get it back ten fold - well I hope for that poor animals sake this happens.

Reply Posted by Stewart7671 on Friday February 10 2012 at 19:48
in reply to Ds0149j3096 gypsies arnt all bad hun yes they might do thing we dont like but they do form emotional ties to their equines and their other animals x there is also some idiots out there and this absolutely horrific deed canot be layed at a gypsies door without first having proof x i am friends with quite a few gypsies and i have visited sites in barnsley and leeds but have never seen anything like this and their horses and animals are all very well fed x i just hope they find these cruel people and prossicute them to the highest extent x hang them i say x horse rustlers law has never been changed but is no longer enforsed but for cruel unfeeling acts like this it bloody well should be x HANG EM HIGH x

Reply Posted by Angieshaw11 on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:11
you can,t blame gypsies for this one--i married into a gypsy family and i'll tell you now from experience gypsies treat their horses better than their wives, and they teach their kids to defend themselves there is a difference 

Reply Posted by Angieshaw11 on Friday February 10 2012 at 20:11
you can,t blame gypsies for this one--i married into a gypsy family and i'll tell you now from experience gypsies treat their horses better than their wives, and they teach their kids to defend themselves there is a difference 

Reply Posted by Scott Skirrow on Saturday February 11 2012 at 08:53
Horses are seem to be the new Staffy Bull terriers to the local Chavs in the Dearne Valley area. Just a fashion accessory. With no income other than state benefits, it was only a matter of time before something like this happened... They want hanging....

Reply Posted by Shaz5468 on Saturday February 11 2012 at 12:39
One word! Bastards.

Reply Posted by BHW on Saturday February 11 2012 at 21:13
Ive been told of another incident in Darton...a Shetland pony cut to bits..WTF?? Some sick twisted people in the world

Reply Posted by Alison Gallagher on Sunday February 12 2012 at 08:18
This poor horse has taken many months, at least 6, to get in such poor body condition. Where has it been in that time, why has no one seen it? I know a great deal of people who would have said the oohh aarhh's but not actually picked up the phone and reported the negligence. People need to act when they see any form of cruelty before it gets to this sorry state.
The RSPCA also need to change there antiquated rules re horses. At the moment as long as there is water somewhere for the horse they cannot immediatley sieze the horse no matter how bad the condition it is in. They have to leave a reported pinned to the gate saying they have been and that they have 7 days to improving the conditions for their horses, and guess what, when they return 7 days later the horse has been moved.
fI they ever catch the lowlife scum that did this they wont even be sent to prison as they are full, they will get a ban on keeping animals and a hefty fine which will no doubt be paid off a £1 a week from their benefits.

Reply Posted by Buster on Sunday February 12 2012 at 11:01
Alison has made some good points, here.
They say you can judge a nation by how it treats its animals.
We aren't doing too well, are we?

Reply Posted by Kittyy_katt on Sunday February 12 2012 at 15:42
The RSPCA have rules and regulations to follow, they can't just seize someone's property, as much as they wish they could. 
The RSPCA haven't got rights like the police do, and they would have to go through many different avenues to get the horses or any animals removed. The inspectors are like me and you, they are not a law to themselves, which they have been trying to change for years. Don't blame it on the RSPCA, they will be as frustrated as you because this animal has suffered. The owners should be taking care of their own animals or shouldn't have them. 

Reply Posted by Buster on Sunday February 12 2012 at 16:15
It is looking like we need new laws or changes to existing laws then, is it not?
The whole problem is that animals definitely get a very raw deal and those who are willing and able to help are shackled by inadequate laws. How can this be changed?
Can the R.S.P.C.A. and other organisations create online petitions to put to the law-makers, namely H.M. Government, via e-petitions?

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/ 

Reply Posted by jade on Tuesday February 14 2012 at 23:37
I rang the RSPCA to see if this poor thing had wall eyes they said they would phone me back but i have heard nothing!!!

Reply Posted by Buster on Thursday February 16 2012 at 00:22
Why did you ask about it? Do you think you might know something about this horse?
As for no reply from the RSPCA, maybe they no longer have access to the body. It cannot be left to decay and smell. Let's hope it is disposed of respectfully.