The British RSPCA is hunting those responsible for dumping a live foal in a rubbish bag at the end of an alleyway.
The skewbald foal was taken into veterinary care, but was euthanised the next morning.
He was found in Belvedere a week ago by a walker, who alerted authorities.
“It looks like someone has reversed a truck down the start of the alleyway next to the Leverbottle Pub and just chucked the bag off the back of their truck and driven away knowing the horse would lay there suffering until an eventual death,” RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas told media.
The foal was emaciated, struggling to breathe, and too weak to stand.
“He was transported to the vet where efforts were made to save him, but after having made little improvement overnight he had to be euthanised.
“The vet said that the horse had such a severe worm burden that its little body couldn’t cope.
“How someone can dump a live horse in a dark alley knowing that they would be leaving it there to suffer and die is beyond me. It was an upsetting scene. I have never seen anything like it.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Ellen Thomas.