A horse which had to be rescued by firefighters after it got stuck in thick mud has died.
A team from Herstmonceux and an animal rescue unit from Crowborough helped move the bay mare on Tuesday last week which was on land adjacent to the Swan Barn Business Centre in Swan Barn Road, Hailsham.
An RSPCA inspector also attended the scene to help with the operation, after members of the public expressed concern, which saw the 12 hands high horse lifted to firmer ground. But the Gazette has learnt that the animal has since died.
Following the rescue last week a notice was issued calling on other animals in the field to be removed.
An RSCPA spokesperson issued a statement after the rescue last week and before the horse had died, saying, “We arranged for a vet to attend and transport her to their premises so she can be cared for while we try to locate her owner.
“The RSPCA has been working with World Horse Welfare to help the horses on this field. The horses appear to be in fair to good body condition, have access to natural shelter, grazing and water. Conditions at the field are not ideal but the horses’ basic needs are being met so legally there is very little more we can do. We have issued advice notices to the owners suggesting the horses are moved to a better location and asking for the hay to be put into a different part of the field away from the mud. It is a very complex situation, there are a number of horses with apparently different owners being fly-grazed on land. We understand that there are current legal proceedings taking place and hope these result in the horses being moved to a more suitable location. We really appreciate members of the public keeping a close eye on these horses and would like to reassure them that we are doing all we can to help them.”
At the time of going to press the Gazette had been unable to establish contact with the owner of the horses.