Feb 26 ~ RSPCA fails to "find" starving horse on Upminster Common
"... instead of seeing the action she had hoped for from the animal charity, the resident watched in horror as the horse continued to lose weight until, eventually last week, it died. This week the woman, who asked not to be named, blasted the RSPCA and called for heads to roll within the organisation. But a spokesman for the animal charity explained that they had sent out two inspectors to Upminster Common but had been unable to find the neglected horse. The woman, who lives close to the common, said: "I pay the RSPCA a standing order every month but what is the point when you inform them of animal cruelty and they do nothing about it? "It broke my heart every time I saw that horse because it was so emaciated that the bones were sticking out from the skin. "I was devastated when I saw that it had died, and all the travellers did was drag it under a bush to try and hide it...." An internal RSPCA inquiry is underway apparently. An emailer writes,"It is about time the activities of the RSPCA came under cynical scrutiny - and that it is reported in the press. To me, they for ever disgraced themselves during CSF and FMD - and I will enjoy telling them so, loudly and clearly, everytime a collecting tin comes under my nose."