A rescue fund has being launched by a Bedfordshire breeder to help a group of starving Trakehner horses in the Spanish town of Medina Sidonia (news, 21 August).

Sue Attew, owner of Holme Park Stud in Bedfordshire, who bred many of
the horses now owned by Sue Jenkins in Medina Sidonia, has started a fund to pay for feeding the horses until they can be rescued.

She said: “We’ve received hundreds of emails of support offering homes for the horses and we’ve started a fund to support CACMA, the Spanish animal welfare group that is trying to keep the horses alive.

“Sue Jenkins is allowing a vet in but no one else, so it’s very difficult.

“Everyone is walking on eggshells as there’s no RSPCA in Spain and Andalucian law requires the horses put down if the authorities have to remove them.”

Sixteen out of fifty thoroughbred Trakehners were reported dead from neglect on the English-owned Spanish farm.

The owner Sue Jenkins is already being prosecuted by the RSPCA for cruelty to horses and is due in court in Gloucester in October.

For more information of the fund go to www.holmetrakehners.com