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Mass Death Of Horses In QLD Paddock 'Beyond Comprehension'

The death of more than 20 horses and the discovery of eight emaciated animals on a Queensland property is "beyond comprehension" according to an animal rescue group that has offered to foster the animals.

Biosecurity Queensland says inspectors and a vet visited the property in the Gowrie Mountain area, in Toowoomba west of Brisbane following complaints, and directed the horses' owner to feed them.

The response to the animal deaths so far has been "totally unacceptable" according to the Australian Farm Animal Rescue Matters founder Marjorie Pagani.

RSPCA senior media advisor Michael Beatty told 10 daily the charity had been receiving complaints for at least two weeks about the property.

"In this case, there were large numbers of livestock involved and we don’t have resources to deal with something like that. If you're looking at over ten animals we have to refer incidents to DAF (Department of Fisheries and Agriculture)."

The Department of Fisheries has been contacted for comment.

With AAP.

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