Funnyman John Bishop adopts rescue horses

Rescued: Comic John Bishop and his wife Melanie with one of the horses

Rescued: Comic John Bishop and his wife Melanie with one of the horses

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A string of rescue horses are settling into their new home after being adopted by top comic John Bishop.

John and his wife Melanie are offering a better life to Dora, Amara, Indie and Mable who all found themselves at Penny Farm, part of World Horse Welfare, after being neglected.

John, who was recently in Lancashire to unveil his wax figure at Madame Tussauds, said: “Melanie and I share a love of animals and foster the belief that there are so many animals who have been neglected or abused that rehoming is the only logical option.

“I would encourage anyone who is in a position to have any animal to look at rehoming before buying.

“Growing up, I never thought I would have a field full of horses, but owning them isn’t rocket science – you just need a bit of common sense and a good sense of humour.”

Melanie added: “Rehoming through World Horse Welfare was so easy, the team at Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre have been flexible and helped us every step of the way.

“We are delighted they were able to match us with four horses.”

The four horses were underweight and had been badly treated before arriving at Penny Farm in Blackpool.

Hayley Penrice, a groom at the rescue centre, said: “Melanie and John initially rehomed Dora who came to us extremely underweight and Amara - a beautiful mare who had also suffered from terrible neglect.

“It’s likely Amara spent her early years fighting for the little food available and as a result she has a very strong personality.

“Melanie felt both Dora and Amara would benefit from another couple of horses to change the dynamics.”

September is Rehome a Horse Month. Find out more from World Horse Welfare at: http://rehoming.worldhorsewelfare.org/.