USPCA called in to assess horses after local residents raise welfare concerns

CONCERNED members of the public have made dozens of calls to Newtownabbey Police about the welfare of three horses being kept on a disused plot of land near Sandyknowes, it has been revealed.

The animals, thought to be owned by a family of travellers who live in the Glengormley area, are being kept on an open development site opposite the Maxol filling station on the Antrim Road.

One Glengormley resident contacted the Times saying he was becoming "increasingly concerned about the plight of the three horses given the severe winter weather."

A spokesperson for Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary, Northern Ireland's only equine charity, also raised concerns about the conditions the horses are being kept in.

However, the USPCA confirmed that welfare officers had assessed the animals over the weekend and found them to be in good condition.

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