Dead horse dumped in Haddenham and filly found abandoned on waste ground in Sutton
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A dead pony was found dumped on a dirt track and a filly found abandoned on waste ground in the space of 48 hours.
The body of a bay cob type pony was found dumped on a dirt track at the bottom of Lode Way in Haddenham on February 8. Cause of death is unknown.
A red Mercedes and blue trailer was seen in the area at about the same time.
On February 10, a piebald cob type filly was discovered abandoned on waste ground in front of Cheffins Auction Site at Elean Business Park in Sutton. There had previously been several more horses at the site, but only one had been left behind.
The filly was in good health but was straying and in an unsafe location. Police were called and with the help of the RSPCA she was confined to a makeshift pen.
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The horse has been taken to a safe place where she is being cared for and continues to be monitored by the RSPCA.
RSPCA inspector Richard Lythgoe said: “We would also ask the public to be vigilant when they see horses being unloaded on wasteland and country roads, and let us know if they see anything suspicious.
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“In terms of the first horse, we are always really sad to hear of animals callously discarded in this way and would like to hear of any information about how he died, especially evidence that an animal welfare offence may have been committed
“In terms of the second filly, we are pleased that she is now being cared for and urge anyone with any information about how she came to be left in an unsafe place to come forward and let us know.
“Sadly, cases like this are not uncommon. The country is currently in the grip of a horse crisis with the RSPCA and other horse welfare charities struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses.”
Anyone with information about either incident should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.
To help the RSPCA investigate incidents like these text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network rate message).