Starving horse rescued from death

PUBLISHED: 12:06 10 March 2006 | UPDATED: 21:46 28 May 2010

Laura Prince with Frankie

Laura Prince with Frankie

A STARVING horse, just hours from death when it was discovered in a field with his dead companion, is on the road to recovery thanks to staff at the Fenland RSPCA Centre. Frankie, named after singer Frank Sinatra, because of its beautiful blue eyes, has c

A STARVING horse, just hours from death when it was discovered in a field with his dead companion, is on the road to recovery thanks to staff at the Fenland RSPCA Centre.Frankie, named after singer Frank Sinatra, because of its beautiful blue eyes, has captured the hearts of staff with its wonderful personality.It was found in a farm ditch on the outskirts of Peterborough on February 27 by a farmer who noticed vehicle tracks leading into a field. Frankie was licking the body of a second horse which the RSPCA believe was already dead when the two companions were dumped.When it first arrived at the centre, at Block Fen, Wimblington, the one-year-old piebald was starving and was so weak it did not have the strength to stand.A spokesman said: "He has really turned the corner since the weekend. At first it took four of us to get him on his feet because he was so weak and could not stand up. We had to hold him upright for about 10 minutes before he could stand on his own."Now he is standing up, walking around and enjoying his food. He has such a lovely temperament considering what he has been through and we think he is going to be a real cheeky boy."When he has fully recovered from his ordeal, Frankie will be sent to a specialist RSPCA equine centre.The RSPCA hopes someone may recognise Frankie and is seeking information which could unmask the owner who dumped the horses. The dead horse was a bay gelding.- Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA national helpline on 08705 555999.

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