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Horses in shocking condition rescued by WVS vets

Wed 14th Jun 2017

 

They were found in some of the worst conditions we have ever seen. Two horses with incredibly overgrown hooves were found wandering around Ooty, India. The animals were being used to ferry tourists around the town and had then been left to wander the streets by their owner. The animals’ hooves had bent abnormally causing them extreme discomfort. Despite the horse’s owner being approached and challenged on multiple occasions by of the public to take better care of them, he did not.

Two horses with incredibly overgrown hooves were found wandering around Ooty, India. The animals were being used to ferry tourists around the town and had then been left to wander the streets by their owner. The animals’ hooves had bent abnormally causing them extreme discomfort. Despite the horse’s owner being approached and challenged on multiple occasions by of the public to take better care of them, he did not.

The horses were alerted to and treated by vets from WVS on an outreach clinic. They were subsequently rehomed by its supported charity, IPAN, India Project for Animals and Nature. 

The vets initially attempted to trim the hooves near the roadside but as that proved difficult, they moved both the animals to a shelter to provide further treatment.

“We had to use a hacksaw to trim the hooves, and the animals are being given painkillers,” said Nigel Otter, WVS, who was leading the outreach clinic. “It will take a few months for the two horses to recover, “ he added, speaking to The Hindu.

WVS will be liaising with Ooty’s district administration and police to organise meetings with horse owners in and around the southern Indian town. Police will also conduct surprise checks on animal owners to ensure that the animals were not being subjected to any cruelty nor were neglected. 

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