Drivers Call RSPCA's Cruelty Hotline to Report a Horse in Danger, But It Wasn't Quite the Case

Posted by Paige Cerulli
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Upon spotting a horse being transported in a very dangerous fashion, concerned drivers were quick to call in the RSPCA. 

When concerned drivers saw a horse being transported along a busy highway in an alarming fashion, they were quick to call the RSPCA. The horse was spotted on Valentine's Day and was riding on a lightweight flatbed trailer. Though he was blanketed and equipped with a hood, the horse was still exposed to the elements and the strong winds generated by the high rate of speed.

What was more alarming was that the horse could have easily stepped off of the trailer. He was tied by each leg, but the trailer sides were so low that, if he spooked or simply decided to get off, he could step over the side without issue. And if the vehicle stopped suddenly? Disaster.

Luckily for all involved, it turns out that this was a fake horse. The life-size horse was tied to the trailer and traveled from Birmingham to Cambridge, UK. But drivers were so worried that they called the RSPCA's cruelty hotline.


RSPCA Inspector Richard Lythgoe thought the calls sounded strange, so he headed out to Cambridge to investigate. He was relieved to discover that the calls had been about a fake horse, and even got a photo for good measure. The RSPCA posted the information to their Facebook page, putting concerned drivers' worries to rest.

But it's good to know that people were quick to act on a potentially dangerous situation for an animal!

Would you call in if you saw this horse on the road? Let us know in the comments below.

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Drivers Call RSPCA's Cruelty Hotline to Report a Horse in Danger, But It Wasn't Quite the Case