Basildon Council rescue abandoned pregnant horse who defied the odds by giving birth to healthy foal

Written by Essex Chronicle Thursday, 18 May 2017 09:12
Buddy the foal survived against all the odds. Buddy the foal survived against all the odds.

A pregnant horse found abandoned and neglected has given birth to a healthy foal in her new home after being rescued by Basildon Council.

Roberta the horse was found heavily pregnant and in poor health when authorities seized her on February 16.

She was suffering from worms and lice and was severely malnourished with her ribs, pelvis and spine clearly visible.

A Basildon Council spokesman, said: "This was a shocking case of animal neglect. Roberta was in a very poor state of health when we found her."

But after the council enforced the Control of Horses Act, which gives the authority power to remove and detain horses found to be unlawfully occupying public land, Roberta was given a second chance at happiness.

Against all the odds, in the early hours of Wednesday, May 10, Roberta gave birth to her miracle foal that has been named Buddy by council officers... READ MORE
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