A WOMAN is making a desperate plea for help in saving a horse which she says is in a poor condition.

Earlier in the month, the Leader reported on concerns raised by members of the public for a group of horses in a field near Mold.

A member of the public had told the Leader the horses 'are in a really bad way' having been left neglected, with muscle wastage clearly visible on at least two of the animals.

One of the horses which appears to in the worst state is a hazel-coloured female.

And now, Demmi Johnson - alongside mum Sandra - is calling for support from animal welfare charities to help save the horse.

Demmi says she used to own this horse - named Star - before selling it three years to a family friend.

She is unsure how the horse has now found itself in this situation, but says it is definitely Star due to a distinctive white mark on her lower back-thigh region.

Demmi said: "I was told that she had gone to a horse retirement home but got a call just the other day alerting me to her current situation.

"I went down there on Monday and frankly I was absolutely shocked to see how she looks now.

"She's severely underweight and dehydration, I've never seen a horse in such a bad condition.

"The state she's been left in just disgusting. The other horses in the field are at risk. Her condition is by far the most serious.

"We're heading towards winter and a horse has no hope of survival if it's in the condition Star is now."

The Leader:

Demmi says she has contacted the RSPCA, which she believes is today sending a vet to the field to complete a full examination of its condition.

She added: "The RSPCA said to me it'll be sending a vet in the next 24 hours, that seems a pretty urgent response as far as I'm concerned."

And Demmi says Star's condition has deteriorated even more since August 1.

She said: "I've seen the pictures from the article and her condition has deteriorated drastically since then, she's limping, dehydrated and chronically underweight, so much show ribs are clearly visible."

"The water in the field is a green colour which simply does not look fit for drinking, and there's very little grass to eat.

"I am not going to allow for her to continue to live in this state, and will do everything in my power to see her to a place of safety."

RSPCA Cymru declined to comment any further than what its original statement said.

The RSPCA Cymru spokesperson said: "We are aware of concerns about equine welfare in the field near Mold. We continue to monitor the situation in the area to ensure welfare standards are being met.

"As ever, people can always report further concerns to our 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999."