Horse that was rescued from Spindles Farm to help beat rural crime
A horse that was involved in one of Britain’s’ worst cases of horse neglect is due to help fight rural crime in Norfolk.
Six-year-old Bert was rescued from Spindles Farm, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, in 2008, where over 100 horses, ponies and donkeys were removed.
The animals had been severely neglected. Bert was sent to Redwings Horse Sanctuary, which is located in Norfolk. He spent time at the sanctuary recovering and was then rehomed with Nicola Rix, a Redwings staff member. He will now patrol the streets with her, helping to tackle rural crime as part of Norfolk Constabulary’s Operation Randall.
Nicola, who is also a special constable, said of Bert’s progress: “I am so proud of Bert. His turnaround is remarkable and to be able to serve the community as a special constable — and to have Bert with me — is fantastic.”
The pilot scheme comes after a successful project in Hertfordshire and will involve four special constables and their horses patrolling the rural areas across south Norfolk. Nick Dean, a temporary chief superintendent who is leading the operation, said: “The scheme will make a real difference as the specials on horseback will offer a visible and reassuring presence in the local communities where they will be patrolling.”
The RSPCA first discovered the neglected animals in January 2008 after inspectors visited Spindles Farm.
The rescue operation was one of the largest carried out by the RSPCA. Due to the number of horses and their condition, it took the RSPCA, along with the help of Redwings and World Horse Welfare, eight days to rescue the animals from the farm. In total, 115 equines were removed from the site on the 12th and 13th January 2008. Some had to be put down at the site and a further 30 were discovered already dead.
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