THE RSPCA has thanked residents who raised concerns about the emaciated horses in Stoke Prior last month and confirmed the incident is being investigated.
The charity was contacted by several people about the horses who were said to be starving and living in filthy conditions without any food and water last month, during the intense heatwave.
The shocking conditions and state the animals were in were filmed and photographed and hit the headlines both locally and nationally.
After intervention from the RSPCA, 12 horses were voluntarily handed over and removed from the site, including those captured in photographs and video footage.
Sadly three of the horses had to be put to sleep, based on advice given by a vet and the remaining horses are being looked after by the RSPCA.
A spokesperson from the RSPCA told The Standard: “We are grateful to the people who raised concerns with us about these horses and those who have offered to help with their care going forward.
“Twelve horses were voluntarily handed over in to our care and were removed from the site, including the horses in the footage.
“We have taken the decision to work closely with West Mercia Police to continue this investigation.
“We have voluntarily sought their advice to ensure we are following protocol on impartiality, due to the fact we had used this yard to foster some of our horses.
“Unfortunately we are unable to go into any further detail at this time as our work is ongoing.”