Two racehorses dead, two in serious conditions following neglect at a Gold Coast property

Two race horses are dead and two others seriously injured, after owners were found to have neglected them at a property on the Gold Coast.

The Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) attended a property in Pimpama earlier this week, following a referral from the RSPCA.

Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett says sadly, one registered race horse had died on the property and due to the poor condition of a second horse, it was humanely euthanised yesterday.


“Two horses remain in a serious condition and arrangements are in place for their care.

“Whenever the Commission receives an animal welfare report, the response is swift and in this case it was immediate,” Commissioner Barnett said.

The owners have been issued an animal welfare direction.

They’ve been ordered to immediately increase nutritional and feed intake under veterinary advice and to further address the health of the horses under the guidance of a veterinarian.

Commissioner Barnett says they will have to regularly report on the horses’ condition as well.

“Any change in the horses’ condition must be reported to the Commission and the owners must not move them from the Pimpama property without approval.

“The RSPCA referred the case to the Commission when it was established the horses are currently registered as race horses,” he said.

More than 30 Animal Welfare directions have been issued to racing participants since the Commission commenced.

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