RSPCA probe as 'gravely-ill' horse dumped in field to die

A 'gravely-ill' foal was dumped in a field - and left to die by its cruel owner. Now the RSPCA is investigating after the 'upsetting discovery' in Betchton, near Rode Heath.

The white and black male colt was discovered by the caretakers of a farm on Love Lane who noticed the foal had suddenly appeared. Both the RSPCA and a vet were called to the scene on Monday morning where the animal was seriously emaciated and 'badly impacted by an obvious prolapse to his rear end'.

Sadly, despite everyone's best efforts, the foal had to be put to sleep 'to end his suffering'. The RSPCA says a padlock to a gate had been forced open and the animal left in the entrance behind the gate.

He is thought to have been abandoned between 10pm on Sunday, June 2 and 8.15am the following day.

RSPCA animal rescue officer Tom Hall said: "This was a very upsetting discovery for people to make and I’m concerned about how this poor pony came to be in such a bad way. It was incredibly sad to see such a young foal suffering in this way.

“The vet estimates the colt to be around a year old, although he has the teeth of a two-month-old foal, likely to be caused by malnutrition. Despite their best efforts, his condition was so poor that they put him to sleep to end his suffering.

“The broken padlock suggests that someone has deliberately forced entry to this field to place the pony inside. I’m appealing to anyone with information about the pony to contact me in complete confidence."

Anyone with information should call 0300 123 8018.

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