RSPCA Chief Inspector Rob Skinner at Bicester Magistrates Court


RSPCA Chief Inspector Rob Skinner outside Bicester Magistrates Court Monday 15th September 2008
Talking on the BBC News after the raid on Spindles Farm

RSPCA chief inspector Rob Skinner said he found 32 carcasses in different locations when he went to look around Spindles Farm, some of these were burnt and dumped on a bonfire while others were left lying on the ground, covered in rubbish.

One dead horse was found on the back of a trailer with ropes around its tail. In total 115 animals, some severely emaciated, had to be rescued and removed from the site. Chief Inspector Skinner said horses looked "dejected" and "emaciated" and some animals could not feed freely as they were being bullied by others. During an inspection he found horses in overcrowded pens littered with faeces. And he said one pony was unable to stand and had to be rolled over so vets could examine it.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Chief Inspector Rob Skinner on several occasions and have always been most impressed with him.

"He is a formidable weapon in the RSPCA arsenal in the fight against animal cruelty."

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