10:30AM, Friday 28 August 2015
Three horses found dead in an Old Windsor field on Monday morning are thought to have been poisoned, police have said.
The animals were discovered at around 8am at Blue Acre Horse and Rehabilitation Centre in Ham Island by co-founder of the rescue centre Bob Regan.
He said the horses were young and healthy and had collapsed when running.
“It was a shock because the three horses are young,” he said.
“It was a very strange thing how all three could be running and then just collapse.
“We haven’t had anything like this happen before. We don’t know if it’s something in the ground.
"We’re a bit worried about the other horses but until we can get an answer we can’t see what it can be.
“The latest update is that they (the vets) can’t find the cause of death so they have taken samples from the horses.
“They said it can take up to a month.”
Two of the horses, Spirit and Nelson, belonged to Bob’s step-daughter who he said is ‘very upset’.
The other was Freddie who only had one eye and belonged to Blue Acre co-founder Caron North.
Caron said: “They were all lovely horses. The little one was being ridden by a seven-year-old.”
The incident is being investigated by Thames Valley Police. A spokesman said: “The horses appear to have died suddenly, without a struggle. There are no signs of external injury.
“An autopsy will be carried out to establish the cause of death, which at this time is thought to be poisoning.”
Call PC Ben Clarke on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 with information.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said it had not been contacted in relation to the incident, but added: “If anyone has any concerns about the welfare of an animal they can call our cruelty line on 0300 123 4999.”
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