Nine horses and two dogs seized at 'quieter' Appleby Horse Fair

Credit: RSPCA

Animal welfare charity, RSPCA, say this year's Appleby Horse Fair was 'friendly' and 'quieter' than previous ones.

Although the RSPCA dealt with fewer animal welfare issues than last year, two dogs had to be removed from the back of an enclosed pick-up truck on the Friday afternoon.

The charity say 12 warnings were given out, and 168 people received animal welfare advice.

We have two ongoing investigations, and nine horses and two dogs were taken away from the fair, which are now in the care of either the RSPCA or our partner charities.

Thanks to the member of the public who reported the dogs and the speed at which Cumbria Constabulary were able to get them out of the vehicle, with assistance from us, the dogs did not suffer.

– RSPCA chief inspector Melloy

33 RSPCA officers were on hand at the fair, which took place from Thursday 8 June to Monday 12 June.