Horse neglect probe continues

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 15:18 29/11/2012
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SC SPCA: Animal welfare officer Barry Fairbrother

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The South Canterbury SPCA is still investigating an allegation of neglect of three horses owned by a South Canterbury horse trainer.

The allegation, which was also made to the Herald two weeks ago, claimed that one horse had been put down and two more were due to be put down two weeks ago.

SPCA animal welfare officer Barry Fairbrother said at the time that his organisation was investigating, but he could not comment further due to privacy issues.

SPCA chief executive Robyn Kippenberger told the Herald today that a decision had not yet been made as to whether charges would be laid in relation to the matter.

''It is appropriate not to comment further while the matter remains under investigation.

''Responsibility for the on-going investigation sits with South Canterbury SPCA, who are closely monitoring the welfare of the animals.''

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