Mud claims 100 horses near Balgo

31 Oct, 2012 01:00 AM

UP TO 100 brumbies have died after becoming stuck in mud while trying to reach water in dams near a remote Aboriginal community in the north of the state in the past few weeks.

It is understood that due to dry conditions, dams in the area which the horses usually drink from have shrunk in size, with sections becoming muddy pits.

According to the RSPCA, about 40 horses have been removed with approximately 50 more horse carcasses yet to be removed from the dams, approximately 10 kilometres from Balgo.

A spokesman for the RSPCA said local residents would do their best to clear the dams of the remaining dead horses in coming days.

The RSPCA is working with the Balgo community to ensure that no more horses die as a result of trying to access water in dams.

A Geraldton-based inspector has spoken to members of the community and has been assured that the dams, where horses have previously died as a result of becoming stuck in mud, have now been fenced off.

Local community members are taking troughs of water out to the remaining brumbies in the area and will continue to do so until they are satisfied they are safe.

RSPCA will continue to monitor the situation and RSPCA's Geraldton inspector has been in constant contact with the local community for the past week to ensure there are no further horse deaths.



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