The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of an emaciated horse was dumped in a Shropshire village.

The female horse, thought to be aged around a year old, was found by a shocked member of the public on Saturday (18 February) at the side of the B4364, in Cleobury North.

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RSPCA inspector Dave McCartney, who is investigating, said: “The horse was clearly in a bad way when she was dumped. As she was not microchipped, we don’t know where she came from or who did this to her.

“It is very upsetting for passers-by and everyone involved when animal bodies are dumped so callously like this as if they were rubbish, but for us what is even more concerning is finding out what caused their deaths.

“Sadly situations such as this one is not uncommon and we see far too many incidents involving dead horses dumped in this way. The RSPCA and other welfare charities deal ongoing welfare issues involving abandoned and fly grazing horses.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

The removal of dead bodies is the responsibility of the landowner on private land, or the local authority if the land is public.

The RSPCA and other horse charities are facing huge problems with horses being left to fly graze on public and private land across England and Wales, and often moved on and off the land, which can make monitoring their ongoing welfare difficult.

The RSPCA has lobbied for new legislation in England to help landowners and local authorities to tackle fly grazing and to enforce identification laws. This complements the legislation achieved in Wales in 2014. Thankfully, this legislation, the Control of Horses Act, has been in effect since 26 May last year and is already starting to make a big difference in certain parts of the country worst hit by fly grazing.

The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. If you would like to donate please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).