RSPCA monitoring stranded horses in flooded Northamptonshire field

One of the stranded horses in Wellingborough's Embankment. L4-pmxaWWBbazJN1fvEi
One of the stranded horses in Wellingborough's Embankment. L4-pmxaWWBbazJN1fvEi

The RSPCA says it is regularly monitoring a number of horses stranded in a flooded field in Wellingborough amid concerns over their safety.

Fears have been raised on social media over horses kept close to Wellingborough’s Embankment, after severe flooding left them with access to just a small amount of dry land.

One of the stranded horses in Wellingborough's Embankment. d3MFmglahHpdDn3BwH9E

One of the stranded horses in Wellingborough's Embankment. d3MFmglahHpdDn3BwH9E

It is the second time in two months the horses’ welfare has been questioned, after the body of a horse was found there in January.

An RSPCA spokesman said: “The RSPCA is aware of concerns for three horses in a flooded field at the Embankment in Wellingborough.

“The horses have hay and fresh drinking water and are also able to access an area of raised dry land.

“Members of the public can rest assured RSPCA inspectors will continue to monitor these horses regularly.

“Anyone with any welfare concerns can call the RSPCA cruelty and advice line on 0300 1234 999.

“We rely on the public to be our eyes and ears and are grateful for all calls to us in relation to animal welfare.

“We would ask people to remember that we have no more power to remove an animal than any other member of the public, and we are doing what we can to help horses.”

But Bozeat resident Caroline Marshall says nobody is taking responsibility for making sure the horses remain safe.

She told the Northants Telegraph: “I have been ringing most of the horse welfare people in England but because they are Travellers’ horses they won’t get involved.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, they’re close to drowning.

“I can’t support the RSPCA andy longer. If it’s OK for horses to stay in water, it’s shocking.

“Ringing them now is almost a waste of time.”

Reports suggested that Northants Fire and Rescue Service were in attendance last night (Thursday) to monitor the situation.