Cape Town - The SPCA has warned livestock farmers about the dangers of animals eating toxic grain siftings (or sweepings) after three horses died in Darling recently.
Swartland and West Coast SPCA inspector Stephanie Fortuin was called out to a farmer’s smallholding in Darling.
She found four of nine horses to be very ill.
“They were seemingly poisoned. The vet, also present, had to euthanise two of the horses; one recovered after symptomatic treatment. The fourth horse died before there could be any intervention,” she said.
Fortuin decided to load the fourth horse on to her bakkie and drive it to the state vet in Elsenburg, Stellenbosch, for an autopsy.