Two more dead horses have been found at a location in Buckinghamshire.
Trading Standards are currently investigating whether the horses have any link to Jamie Gray, the owner of 111 horses, ponies and donkeys rescued from Spindles Farm near Amersham on Wednesday.
The massive rescue operation on Wednesday was one of the biggest on record in the UK. It was coordinated by Thames Valley Police, Trading Standards and the RSPCA with help from the Horse Trust, the International League for the Protection of Horses (ILPH), Redwings and The Blue Cross. The situation has been described as shocking, horrific and beyond comprehension by all involved.
Jamie Gray, 44, will appear in court on Monday charged with assaulting a police officer, and is currently under investigation for offences under the Animal Welfare Act.
A spokesman for Buckinghamshire Trading Standards said an investigation into what was discovered at Spindles Farm would be “very quick”.
While the 111 equines are recuperating with the help of horse charities across the country, 34 others were not so lucky. Some 31 dead equines were found last weekend, and three others were put down on the advice of vets. Post mortems are being carried out on the carcasses and remains of other equines found on site.
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