Britain’s RSPCA has labelled the dumping of a young horse with a broken leg as heartless and cowardly.
The charity is appealing for help after the piebald yearling was left among rubbish at what it described as a hotspot for illegal rubbish dumping.
A member of the public spotted the injured horse in Bramble Lane, Upminster, Essex, at 8.30am on Monday and moved her to safety.
Sadly, when the yearling was examined by a vet it was discovered she had a broken front leg and she was euthanised to stop her suffering.
“This was an appalling and cowardly act, to throw away a badly injured horse like she was a piece of rubbish,” RSPCA inspector Adam Jones said.
“This poor horse had an obvious injury, her leg was swollen and she wasn’t putting any weight on it. When the vet examined her he discovered her leg injury and sadly advised she was put to sleep to stop her suffering further.
“We need to find her heartless owner who simply dumped her rather than getting her to a vet for treatment.”
The yearling is thought to have been dumped between 8am and 8.30am.
She was found tied up with blue twine, standing on an isolated patch of scrub at the edge of the road, surrounded by illegally dumped rubbish.
The youngster was microchipped but it was not registered to an owner.
“Hopefully someone knows this horse or where she came from,” Jones said. “I’d also like to hear from anybody who saw any horse boxes in the area around this time and may also be able to give us a lead.
“It is shocking to think someone could be so heartless to just leave a clearly injured animal for someone else to find and deal with.
“I’d like to thank the members of the public who did all they could to help this young horse and called us to help.”
Got information? Call the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for inspector Adam Jones.