North West rodeo organisers to be charged with animal cruelty

2011-05-30 10:42

Organisers of a rodeo in North West would be charged with animal cruelty after failing to timeously put down an injured horse, said the National Council of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA).

“They forced the horse with a broken leg to walk on its three legs ... the bone was protruding and the hoof dangling,” said NSPCA spokesperson Grace de Lange.

“They should have put it down immediately ... there is no way that its wounds would be fixable,” she said.

The horse was injured in a rodeo ring in Lichtenburg on Saturday. The rider was apparently thrown off the horse, which had a bucking strap attached to it.

“The strap did not release after the rider’s fall, the horse fell as it bucked around the ring in distress ... and broke its leg,” Lange said.

“We intervened and humanely (put the horse down). We are now trying to get evidence, which will take two weeks to compile ... to lay charges in terms of the Animal Protection Act.”

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