THE RSPCA is imploring horse owners to seek help if they are unable to feed their animals, amid drought conditions in Queensland.
The animal welfare advocate seized a number of horses (pictured below) during the week and say more are expected.
8 horses are now at RSPCA Qld’s Wacol shelter and another eight are expected in the next week, as they put the call out for ‘foster carers’.
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“We understand only too well about drought conditions but hay, although expensive, is available and it’s an owner’s responsibility to make certain their animals are fed,” RSPCA Chief Inspector Daniel Young said.
“If they genuinely can’t afford to keep them then they need to make other arrangements such as a rescue group or agistment,” Mr Young added.
The RSPCA is calling on Gold Coasters living in suitable areas to put up their hands to look after those in need.
“We desperately need foster carers that can take some of these horses,” Shelter Manager Nanda ten Grotenhuis said.
“Some areas, particularly around the Gold Coast, still have ample feed, but the RSPCA also organizes feed for all foster carers.
“We simply don’t have the space to keep them onsite once they are ready to be rehomed.
“We also have two beautiful miniature horses (main photo) that are looking for a home. They were in terrible condition when they came in but they’re in great shape now.”