REPORT A WELFARE CONCERN:
At all times our member organisations are required to operate within the law. They do not have the authority to remove an equine from their owner. Only the Police, or an authorised Local or National Authority Inspector have powers under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to remove animals and only if they are certified to be suffering or likely to suffer by a veterinary surgeon.
If you have personally seen a neglected or mistreated equine that you are concerned about, please contact any of the organisations below:
Redwings Horse Sanctuary Welfare Hotline & Advice - t: 01508 481008
HAPPA (North of England only) – t: 01282 455992
The Donkey Sanctuary (donkeys and mules only) - t: 01395 578222
TO REPORT AN URGENT EQUINE WELFARE CONCERN OUTSIDE OFFICE HOURS, CONTACT:
England and Wales RSPCA – t: 0300 1234 999
Scottish SPCA – t: 03000 999 999
Northern Ireland USPCA - t:028 3025 1000
If you require assistance locating a Vet please follow this link to the RCVS ‘Find a Vet’
Loose horses on the road/highway: call 101 and inform the police immediately, giving the road number and location.
Welfare concerns involve lots of work from different organisations, all which have varying abilities and procedures when dealing with jobs. The video below includes talks from welfare personnel from BHS, World Horse Welfare and Blue Cross, and aims to highlight the ‘ins and outs’ of dealing with welfare concerns.