The RSPCA is investigating after a horse was left for dead in freezing conditions in a Leicestershire country lane.
The white piebald mare was dumped overnight on Saturday (21 January) in a field in Uppingham Road, in Skeffington. When she was found by a dog-walker the following morning, frost had already formed on her mane.
The RSPCA and a local vet was called. Sadly, the horse, thought to be around 12 years old, was put to sleep by the vet as she was so poorly.
RSPCA inspector Sheona Morley, who attended the incident, said: “The horse’s back legs had been tied to railings with blue rope, and tyre tracks on the ground showed that whoever dumped her had pulled away in their truck, resulting in the horse falling on to the floor.
“As a result of this impact, the horse had horrific injuries to one side of her face.
“The horse was unable to stand and was pawing at the ground with her front feet, trying to get up. When I arrived the horse was making moaning sounds – it was absolutely horrific. Frost had formed on her face and mane. Thankfully, someone who lived locally was able to bring a large blanket to put over her.
“Very sadly the vet could see that she was clearly suffering and she was put to sleep.
“Leaving a horse for dead like this, in freezing conditions, is a callous thing to do. Whoever did it had no regards for the horse’s wellbeing whatsoever. We are urging anyone with information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018.”
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