THE RSPCA and Redwings Horse Sanctuary joined in a day-long operation to remove 46 horses from a field in Alton last Thursday.

The rescue follows concerns over the welfare of the animals who, on a number of occasions, have broken out of the field on the New Odiham Road, causing traffic disruption and putting themselves and other road users' lives at risk.

It has fallen to police officers, assisted by the public, to herd the hungry animals back into the field.

And there have been further incidents, as reported in the Herald, when veterinary help has been required to help injured or sick animals, among them mares and foals, some thought to be suffering from malnutrition.

The RSPCA and Redwings have been unable to contact the horses' owner, so the decision was taken to remove the animals.

For full story, see this week's Alton Herald.