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Next to my temple is a National Grid substation and it has a little paddock at the front. A few months ago somebody put a horse there and she hasn't been moved since. At first she had no food or water available but then her owners put down a trough and some hay. She is in the paddock 24/7 with no other horses or company.<br><br>
We had snow this morning and I went to see if she was okay. The water is filthy, it looks like the trough hasn't been refilled but is just collecting rainwater. She has a bucket of pellets which have spilled all over the squelching mud, in which she is also standing. She doesn't have any shelter, not even a tree to stand under, so her fur was soaked through. I stroked her face and my hand came away covered in mud from her fur, as it is so dirty and now dripping wet.<br><br>
Obviously these are not acceptable conditions for her to be kept in. I called the RSPCA this morning and gave them all the details but I know that several people have contacted them about the mare, and been told that they can't do anything since she has food and water. I hope that now it is so cold, the fact that she has no shelter might be enough.<br><br>
Does anybody know of another organisation that might help? I find the RSPCA generally useless and I don't hold out much hope that they will help the horse. If we could, we would take her and look after her at the temple but the owners would not stand for it and it would end up making it harder to get her in a safe situation. The owners have told off visitors for feeding her before.<br><br>
The horse is in Watford, Hertfordshire.
 

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If she genuinely has no shelter (trees and such do count) and no fresh water then it is a welfare issue and the RSPCA should do something about it, the welfare needs are "somewhere suitable to live, a proper diet, including fresh water, the ability to express normal behaviour, for any need to be housed with, or apart from, other animals, protection from, and treatment of, illness and injury." and if they are violated than the rspca can do something. If you didn't mention specifically things that violate this, then it might be worth calling back and making it clear explicitly (it certainlly can't hurt).<br><br>
I don't really think anybody else has the legal clout to do anything about it - I don't know of any other animal charities that handle this kind of thing anyway. Unfortunatly if they're not breaking a law, there is only so much anybody can do. I'm sure the people at the rspca want to help as much as you do - but they can only step in if they're doing something legally wrong .
 

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They are violating the five freedoms by not protecting her from the cold, but it's not as simple as that. The RSPCA fail to protect animals from much worse situations where the law is being more obviously broken. I guess I just have to hope for the best <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I don't know if you could call the police and i know they couldn't help personally, but maybe they would get the animal welfare officers involved? Only thing I can think of, sorry <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":("><br><br>
This is the Act which gives the RSPCA powers, no idea if it's worth quoting to them (sadly it seems to give them powers rather than impose any duties so it doesn't look like they're obliged to act, which is ridiculous) <a href="http://www.rspca.org.uk/in-action/changingthelaw/whatwechanged/animalwelfareact/-/article/EM_Animal_Welfare_Act" target="_blank">http://www.rspca.org.uk/in-action/ch...al_Welfare_Act</a><br><br>
Also maybe you could contact horse welfare charities like <a href="http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/help-today" target="_blank">http://www.worldhorsewelfare.org/help-today</a> they say 'In Britain, we help horses today by rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming horses.'<br><br>
Or this organisation: <a href="http://www.newc.co.uk/home/WhatisNEWC.php?PHPSESSID=d2acb01e1388fe31ac47297b710df0a1" target="_blank">http://www.newc.co.uk/home/WhatisNEW...47297b710df0a1</a><br><br>
Really hope you have some luck, it's great you're trying to help this poor fellow.
 

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<a href="http://www.preloved.co.uk/search/all?keyword=used%20horse%20rugs" target="_blank">http://www.preloved.co.uk/search/all...20horse%20rugs</a><br><br>
I dont know if that website is useful, but you could look on it, or similar and buy a second hand horse blanket for her. I dont know how much they usually cost.
 

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I'm going to wait until the RSPCA inspector has visited before trying to make conditions better for her. I know that sounds awful but it should be just a few days, and I want them to see how her owners are neglecting her <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/sad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":(">
 

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I forgot to ask you yesterday--any word on the horse and what can be done?
 
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