The RSPCA joins forces with NEWC

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The RSPCA has joined forces with the National Equine Welfare Council to look into telephone calls concerning horse welfare.

This idea came about earlier on in the year during the bad weather period when calls to the RSPCA increased. The high demand for the RSPCA and the dangerous driving conditions left by the snow meant that inspectors were overloaded with caseloads. Consequently, the RSPCA called on the National Equine Welfare Council to help investigate the long list of calls as soon as possible to safeguard horse welfare.

RSPCA superintendent Tim Minty said,”We’re really pleased to be able to call on the equine expertise which NEWC offers to help us deal with the calls we received during the bad weather. The RSPCA is in a privileged position being one of the first ports-of-call for members of the public with concerns about animal welfare. However, we hope that by working with our partners we can ensure the horses concerned are well looked after as soon as possible.”

The NEWC is a collective organisation of several horse welfare groups such as the Horse Trust and Redwings Horse Sanctuary with the specialist equine knowledge required to deal with enquiries. Equine welfare and grants manager Rebecca Evans said, “This collaboration was important to ensure that public concern for horses, ponies and donkeys was investigated as soon as possible. The RSPCA do a fantastic job at investigating and prosecuting animal neglect and cruelty and we will call on this expertise when a case is identified. I am confident that the success of this partnership will pave the way for future collaboration to get the most out of the specialist resources and to pool our skills together.”

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