Buckinghamshire horse dealer James John Gray has failed in his bid to issue an emergency injunction in the High Court in London this morning (11 April) to force the RSPCA to return 29 ponies and donkeys to him.

District Judge Sandeep Kainth ordered rescue charities to return the 11 donkeys and 18 Shetland ponies to Mr Gray on Friday 4 April.

But as yet the animals have not gone back to Mr Gray.

The RSPCA says that as they have told District Judge Kainth that they intend to appeal his decision at the High Court they should be able to hold the animals until the issue is resolved.

But this morning Mr Justice Wyn Williams refused to rule on the matter and said the case must be referred back to the district judge “as quickly as possible”.