SURRENDERED HORSES TO THE RSPCA WA GROWING IN STRENGTH

SURRENDERED HORSES TO THE RSPCA WA GROWING IN STRENGTH

Nine stallions that have been treated and cared for at Gingin Vet since a huge horse rescue operation conducted by RSPCA WA over a week ago are responding well to treatment. 

The operation also entailed over a dozen mare and foals being transported from a property over 200 km north from Perth to the RSPCA Animal Care Centre in Malaga, all of which have responded well to treatment and are improving in strength by the day.

Chief Inspector Amanda Swift said: “All the horses surrendered to the RSPCA were originally found in a severe state of dehydration, malnourishment and were frightened and fearful. However, we are making some good headway in the rehabilitation of these horses and are pleased to see them responding well to medication for their various health conditions.

Sadly one of the mares named Luna gave birth to a stillborn foal, and continues to be closely monitored although she seems to be recovering well. The other pregnant mares are also being closely observed.

“It has taken an extraordinary amount of vigilance and dedication by the staff at the shelter and Gingin Vet to slowly turn the health of the horses around, which is slowly but surely occurring.” Ms Swift added.

Dr Dirk Bolsenbroek of Gingin Vet remarked: “The nine stallions that came into our care were initially so scared, they couldn’t even be touched. The lure of food however worked as they were deprived from any form of nourishment. They were put on a planned feeding program, and have slowly built their trust as they are now allowing us to gently handle them for physical assessments.

“Unfortunately we lost one of the stallions due to debilitating pain caused by a massive injury on a leg which he has been suffering with for six years.” Dr Bolsenbroek added.

All stallions are now geldings as they have been castrated. They are responding positively to feed and treatment, and are lot more confident too. Four of the geldings have been successfully adopted.

RSPCA WA is welcoming donations to assist with the rehabilitation of the horses at the RSPCA Animal Care Centre in Malaga. To donate, please call 9209 9300 or click here.

RSPCA WA relies on donations and community support to generate more than 90% of the funds required to sustain its animal protection work.

For more information, please contact: Anne Gabriel, Communications Manager, RSPCA WA 108 Malaga Drive, Malaga WA 6090 P: 08 9209 9313 | M: 0437 069 853 | E: agabriel@rspcawa.asn.au

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