The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young foal was dumped in a lane in Cootham near Pulborough on Sunday 27th August.

The youngster who was only between five and seven months old, was dumped alone in a lane suffering from a terrible deep and infected fly blown wound and was blind in her eye due to a horrific leaking abscess.

The wound above the top of her hoof was down to the joint bone, was oozing pus and was severely infected, leaving the poor foal in a tremendous amount of pain and suffering.sussex foal TW. Aug 2017

Nothing further could be done to save the youngster and she was put to sleep following the advice of  a vet who advised it was sadly the best course of action to prevent further suffering.

RSPCA Inspector Tony Woodley attended the incident and said: “This was a shocking example of neglect and cruelty to the highest degree.

“The foal could not bare any weight on her infected leg and it’s likely the injury had been caused by being caught in a wire or some kind of illegal tether.”

“This poor foal had clearly been left to suffer for a prolonged period of time during her very short life and as a result was suffering greatly. The vet advised that the kindest thing to do was to have her put to sleep to prevent her suffering any longer.

“Whoever dumped her was clearly a callous and irresponsible individual who had no thought for her welfare and just left her to die alone and in pain. Even transporting an animal in this condition will have caused her a great deal of pain.”

“Sadly this is yet again another awful example of a growing band of irresponsible horse owners, who are adding to the horse crisis across the country.”

“A member of the public contacted us to say they heard a vehicle pull up in the area and then the sounds of a horse being unloaded. When they went to investigate they saw a white transit type vehicle with a metal horsebox attached which then drove off. It appears the vehicle either didn’t have any number plates or they had been covered. The foal had been dumped in the lane, luckily the kind hearted caller caught her and then waited for myself, the police and the vet to arrive and we are grateful for all their help and effort.”

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“I would appeal to anyone who has any information regarding who may have owned this foal to contact me in confidence on the RSPCA inspectorate number 0300 123 8018.”

“The RSPCA currently has 870 horses in our care and there appears to be no let up in this on-going equine crisis. It is devastating to think there are so many irresponsible owners out there who are allowing their animals to suffer and then when they just can’t be bothered any more they dump them leaving over-stretched equine charities like the RSPCA having to deal with it.”

The RSPCA is continuing to work with other equine welfare charities in response to the ongoing horse crisis, and trying to prevent further animals from suffering. The organisations are calling on the Government in England to take urgent action to address the crisis, to deal with the numbers of horses being illegally abandoned and the lack of enforcement in the horse passport system.

To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).