The RSPCA is facing a horse crisis in the North East as it struggles to cope with hundreds of abandoned animals.
The region is the worst affected area in the entire country, with North East shelters overloaded with unwanted horses.
The RSPCA are struggling to cope with the heavy burden of more than 600 horses currently under their care.
They believe people have been breeding horses at irresponsible levels as a means of making money.
However the market for horses has shrunk as economic problems have left people with less money for such luxuries.
Sadly, there are also many people with horses who can no longer afford to care for them properly.
The pressure on the RSCPCA and other charities is growing and the funds aren't available to provide shelter for the vast amount of abandoned horses.
RSCPA officers are calling for people to adopt horses from them rather than buy them, and for breeders to act more responsibly.
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