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    RSPCA called to investigate farrier’s cruelty RSPCA called to investigate farrier’s cruelty
    A REPORT of ‘news’ from 7News last week has prompted a tale from former farrier and photographer Graeme Prosser who was visited by the... RSPCA called to investigate farrier’s cruelty

    A REPORT of ‘news’ from 7News last week has prompted a tale from former farrier and photographer Graeme Prosser who was visited by the RSPCA for animal cruelty.

    Just to provide some background, a woman spotted two horses on the back of a trailer on Melbourne’s Citylink and sent mainstream media into action with headlines such as Melbourne freeway horse shock: ‘Everyone was freaking out’ – Woman horrified by horses tied to trailer by their legs Drivers are left horrified after spotting two horses strapped to the back of a trailer!

    Each media outlet jumped on the ‘wagon’ as a result of a witness posting pictures of the cruelty on social media.

    “Honestly, I think everyone was freaking out,” the driver told 7NEWS.com.au. “They were strapped in so tight and the bigger one had ropes tied to its legs.”

    THE poor horses suffering cruelty on a Melbourne freeweay

    The woman also stated she saw the “poor horses” moving their legs but were unable to move very well due to the strapping.

    News of the cruelty quickly led police into action!

    As it turned out the horses the horrified witness saw moving were statues.

    In a strange twist highlighting today’s decadent society, the statue owner apologised for the stress caused as oppose to the news outlets apologising for ‘jumping the gun’ or the witness for providing less than creditable information!

    As for Prosser, he can relate to the true victim of the story – the driver.

    “Years ago I had the RSPCA come to my house after receiving calls for cruelty to a horse,” Prosser relayed.

    “Someone had complained the horse was left in a small dark shed with just a small window which it was always looking out of.

    “I explained the situation to the RSPCA and that was it.”

    To Prosser’s amusement and confusion, that wasn’t it!

    Sometime later another RSPCA worker arrived to investigate Prosser’s cruelty to the horse.

    Laughing when the investigator explained why he was there, Prosser was assured “it isn’t a laughing matter” before showing why he thought the latest raid was funny.

    “I took him over to the shed and showed him the poor horse and why I thought it was funny,” Prosser said.

    “The horse was fibre glass and had been there for years.

    “He got the funny side of it, but asked me to move it so they wouldn’t have to come out again some other time!”

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    Paul Courts

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