Appleby horse fair visitors asked to leave dogs at home

Appleby Horse Fair Credit: ITV Border

The RSPCA is asking people attending Appleby Horse Fair to leave their dogs at home.

It comes after two dogs had to be rescued on Saturday when their owners realised it was not a suitable event for them.

The dogs could also scare the horses, which in turn could endanger the public.

"Do not bring dogs to the Fair. Dogs can result in hoses becoming “spooked”, which makes their behaviour unpredictable and can lead to injuries.

"Leaving dogs in cars or any enclosed spaces where the temperature can rise dramatically in a short space of time will have tragic results. We always urge people not to leave dogs in cars and not to bring them to Appleby Fair in the first place.”

– Rob Melloy, RSPCA Chief Inspector