We are often reported welfare cases that vary in severity from gently reminding the owner to make improvements, to involving the DDSV (Directions Départementales des Service Vétérinaires). Due to the delicate nature involved with welfare cases we cannot always disclose the details, but please be rest assured we are dealing with these cases on a weekly basis.
One recent sad case was that of 2 horses that were found in an extremely poor state.
As it was out of our geographical area and the owners could not be identified we asked the local DDSV to intervene. Patience is often needed with authorities such as these as they can be extremely busy. The outcome was that the vets attended the horses, who were well into their twenties, and given their numerous physical problems it was decided that unfortunately nothing could be done for them. The owner who was present agreed and they were euthanised together by the vet.
Whilst it is always sad when horses are put to sleep, sometimes it is the most selfless way in which we can end their suffering.
If you know of an equine you think needs helps please let us know.