The RSPCA is appealing for information after an emaciated horse so weak it had collapsed was found in Old Buckenham.
The mare, thought to be approximately four-years-old and not microchipped, was found in a field just off a public footpath in Doe Lane, at about 8.30pm on Thursday, December 3.
Unfortunately we are seeing more and more heartbreaking incidents involving neglected horses like this and it is extremely distressing for anyone to seeRSPCA inspector Laura Sayer
Redwings Horse Sanctuary field officer Julie Harding and Welfare Veterinary Surgeon Nicola Berryman attended the the horse, described as “collapsed on the ground” and “dying before their eyes”.
Despite attempts to help the mare, she was put to sleep following permission from the police and an RSPCA officer.
The charity is now appealing for information to help identify the horse’s owner.
RSPCA inspector Laura Sayer said: “The poor mare had been left tethered in the enclosed field with two other horses, but due to her emaciated condition had become so weak she had collapsed.
“Unfortunately we are seeing more and more heartbreaking incidents involving neglected horses like this and it is extremely distressing for anyone to see.”
Redwings Welfare Veterinary Surgeon Nicola Berryman added: “Julie and I attended the mare following a call to our welfare line about a horse that was struggling to stand.
“When arriving at the site, the mare, who we believe to be four years old, was down and with her tether trapped beneath her leg; she was very emaciated and therefore didn’t have the strength to free herself.
“Distressingly, her lengthy struggle to stand was evident from the deep trenches she’s dug into the ground with her hooves and she must have been down for several hours.”
Redwings Senior Field Officer Julie Harding concluded: “I dread to think what further suffering this mare would have endured if we hadn’t found her.
“Left to continue her struggle in the cold and dark, she wouldn’t have made it through the night so at least we could give her a peaceful passing.”
Anyone who may have information about the incident is asked to leave a message on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018
For more information on the RSPCA, or to donate to the charity, visit www.rspca.org.uk
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