An animal lover from South Yorkshire who rescued six wild horses is appealing for help to find new homes for the animals.
Paul Emery and his partner Kim Ward rescued the horses from Swallownest after seeing them running wild.
Paul, aged 38, of Brampton, is now keeping the animals in his smallholding on Green Lane, Ulley, where he keeps his own horses but is desperate to find new homes for them.
He said: “The horses had escaped and were running on the roads and in fields around Swallownest.
“There were six colts and stallions and they ended up trying the smash into my field to mate with my horses.
“A couple of weeks ago I got a few friends together and it took us three days to get these six horses together.
“I have left them on my land – I couldn’t just abandon them. But now it is effecting my own livestock.
“I’m having to buy food and things for these horses and it’s getting expensive.”
Paul notified the RSPCA and other animal charities about the horses and asked for help to find them new homes.
The self-employed plasterer has managed to find new homes for three but still has three left.
He said: “I have three left, they are all colts. They can still mate and that’s why people abandon them because they don’t want to pay the £250 to have them castrated.
“It all started over my concern for the welfare of the horses.
“But now I feel I am being let down by the welfare charities. They are not doing anything to help me.”
Kim, 33, said: “We have got three horses left. They are okay now because they are in the yard and can’t get out.
“People are just overbreeding them and then because it costs so much to keep them then they are dumping them.”
n Anyone who can help is asked to email the couple at firstname.lastname@example.org