Dead horse dumped in Coldham sparks outrage

The discarded horse.

The discarded horse. - Credit: Archant

A dead horse has been found dumped in Coldham.

Station Rd- Long Drove junction, Coldham. Picture: Steve Williams.

Station Rd- Long Drove junction, Coldham. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The horse was discovered at the entrance to a field at the junction between Station Road and Long Drove.

A police spokesman said: “We were called by a member of the public at 1.40pm on December 27 reporting that a dead horse had been dumped on Station Road in Coldham.

“The caller was advised that the police could not remove the animal. The council have been informed and are in the process of dealing with the situation.”

Shocking pictures of the horse were posted on the Pets Looking for Homes in the Wisbech and Surrounding Area Facebook page.

Station Rd- Long Drove junction, Coldham. Picture: Steve Williams.

Station Rd- Long Drove junction, Coldham. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant


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Judi Ferrbert said: “Found dumped, discarded like rubbish just off Station Road Coldham and Graysmoor PE14 area.

“Does anyone recognise this horse? Someone must know something, she has suffered such brutality and torture. Police and RSPCA involved.”

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The pictures prompted outrage from other posters disgusted at the horse’s ordeal.

Wayne Aldred said: “That’s so bad how can people be so cruel.”

Rebecca-Leigh George added: “I really don’t know how someone could bring themselves to do such a horrible thing.”

Jason Cox said: “Absolutely disgusting. I hope they find who’s responsible and prosecute.”

An RSPCA spokesman said: “It must have been very upsetting for the member of the public who found this pony on the roadside. It is possible this pony had died, been dumped and then it has been predated by wildlife which has caused its injuries.

“If anyone has any information about the circumstances surrounding this incident we would ask them to call our inspectorate appeal number on 0300 1238018.”

“The RSPCA and other horse charities are experiencing a horse crisis. We have about 120 places at our equine centres but more than 700 horses and ponies in our care - most in private boarding and with foster carers. There are thought to be in the region of 6,500 horses at risk across England and Wales.

“The crisis is leading to more horses being abandoned and fly-grazed on other people’s land and it appears to be more common for irresponsible owners to dump dead horses and ponies as it can cost around £200 to dispose of them correctly.”

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