The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is currently facing a major problem with the abandonment of once highly prized race horses.
Chief Inspector of the RSPCA, Wayne Norville, made this disclosure earlier today during an interview with Barbados TODAY.
Norville said: “Horse racing is a highly expensive and competitive sport and owners breed their horses in an attempt to win the major races. In some cases owners breed a horse as many as four or five times expecting to come up with a winner.
“However, when he does not realise his dreams he seeks to pass on the horse to someone else. Faced with the dilemma of not wanting to put down the horse and trying to soothe his/her conscience, he passes on the horse to a youngster with the thought that he has passed on an animal in fine physical shape.
“The former owner is usually fully conscious that the youngster does not have the financial resources to maintain a horse. The transaction ends in a badly undernourished horse exposed to the elements on a pasture.”
Norville noted that in many cases the parents of the youngster do not know that their son has a horse tied out on a playing field.†He pointed out that everyday he receives about three to six calls informing him of abandoned horses on playing fields across the island.
He told Barbados TODAY that he received two calls today informing him of an abandoned horse in St. Philip and another in St. Lucy. He said the person in St. Lucy complained that the horse was on the pasture for three weeks without water or grass.
The complainant further charged, said Norville, that the person who had placed the horse on the pasture never returned to give it water or food, but left that chore to other animal loving persons in the district.
The other horse in St. Philip, he added, was also denied access to water or grass by its “owner”.†The RSPCA official noted that a horse drinks about 15 gallons of water per day.†(NC)†††