Horses Poisoned at Stud Farm
A stud farm in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire has suffered a terrible tragedy. Three horses have died in suspicious circumstances and are believed to have been poisoned.
Pryce Family Farm
The Pryce family who run the farm have explained that before Christmas, they found an elderly mare dead in a field. As the horse was old, they originally thought that she had died of old age. But the family then made the heart-breaking discovery of two dead pregnant mares.
The family undertook post-mortems which they could ill-afford in order to find out what had happened to their horses. There was nothing in the animals’ digestive tracts which could have caused their death and so it would appear that they were all deliberately poisoned. The police are now conducting an investigation into the horses’ deaths. The RSPCA is helping the police with their investigation and is warning other owners in the area to tighten their security.
Crowdfunding for CCTV
Rebecca Pryce has announced that she has launched a crowdfunding page to raise the money required to install CCTV. She and the rest of the family are terrified that they will lose more of their horses in further attacks. They need £800 to install an appropriate security system.
Two of the deceased mares were five months pregnant and one of these was the daughter of the first victim which the family had owned for 15 years. The family feel that they have lost five horses because of the mares’ two unborn foals. The two poisoning incidents occurred 7 days apart. The horses had deep haemorrhaging down the right sides of their bodies and necks and also in their brains. The Pryce family are awaiting toxicology reports which should provide further insight into how the horses died.
The deaths of the horses have left the family grief-stricken and the remaining horses at the 22-acre farm are depressed and calling for their lost friends.
Appeal for Information
The bodies were discovered in their field which is next to a railway line in Great Shelford. The field is also adjacent to a footpath which runs from Chaston Road to Granhams Road. The RSPCA and the police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward. You can call the RSPCA appeal line on 0300 123 8018 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.