The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of an emaciated dead pony was found at the entrance of a golf club in Harrow, Greater London.
The body of the skewbald equine was found in a terrible state early Thursday (7 April) morning on Ass House Lane, Harrow Weald.
He had a rope tied around his back legs and was dumped in the driveway to the course between 6am and 7am.
RSPCA Deputy Chief Inspector Nicole Broster said: “This was an incredibly upsetting sight for passers-by to come across.
“We often find that the bodies of dumped dead equines have rope like this tied around their legs. It is used to drag the bodies from where they died to a remote location as it is expensive to dispose of bodies.
“This was not an acceptable or respectful way to dispose of a body – just discarding it like rubbish in that way. What is of particular concern to us, though, is how this poor animal died. The body of this young pony was in an awful state, it does not look as if it had been cared for at all.
“The pony was emaciated, and covered in wounds and sores. It also looked as if it had been down in a stable before it died as its flank was covered in faeces and sawdust.
“I can only think that this poor pony suffered an immeasurable amount before it died.
“We urge anyone with any information at all to call us on 0300 123 8018.”
The removal of dead horses is the responsibility of the landowner, who have been informed of this.
The RSPCA is calling on the Government in England to take urgent action to address the ongoing horse crisis, to deal with the numbers of horses being illegally abandoned and the lack of enforcement in the horse passport system. Read more
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