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Last Updated: Tuesday June 08 2010 16:09 GMT

Abused horses need new owners

Two of rehabilitated horses

The horses are recovering well

The RSPCA is looking for people to care for horses, ponies and donkeys that were badly treated by their past owners.

More than 100 animals were found in terrible conditions at Spindle Farm in south east England in January 2008.

The family that ran the farm were punished for animal cruelty and banned from keeping horses.

The RSPCA has been looking after 36 of the horses, and 17 of them are now well enough to be moved to new homes.

RSPCA officer, Sally Learoyd, said: "These horses have been through a terrible ordeal and we need to find extra special permanent homes for them.

Three of the horses
Three of the horses, Minstel (left) Sundae (centre) and Betty (right)

"We're looking for patient, experienced owners who have the facilities, time, knowledge and money needed to care for the horses for the rest of their lives."

The 36 horses are being looked after at RSPCA animal centres across England and Wales.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary, World Horse Welfare and The Horse Trust are looking after the rest of the animals.