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Horse found dying of thirst near Sidcup golf course is in critical condition

PUBLISHED: 12:50 18 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:50 18 November 2016

A horse was found collapsed on the edge of a golf course in Sidcup

A horse was found collapsed on the edge of a golf course in Sidcup

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The animal was spotted on Wednesday

A ‘clearly neglected’ horse that was thought to be dead when inspectors first saw it is currently being treated at a nearby vet.

The RSPCA was called to Cray Valley Golf Course on Wednesday after a passer-by spotted the piebald cob on the edge of the course.

On arrival, RSPCA inspectors feared the worse for the starving animal.

“This poor horse was so emaciated and still we thought he was dead at first” said Ellen Thomas, an inspector with the animal protection charity.

“Then as I approached him, he weakly lifted his head, so I knew we had a chance to save him.

“It seems he was dying of thirst. There was no water at all in the field and there were reports that he may have been lying there for two days.

“He also had very overgrown hooves and had clearly been neglected.”

“It seems likely he had been just dumped there and left to die in this very secluded spot, and we urge anyone with any information about who may have done this to call us.

“Gradually, we did manage to get him to sit up, and then bumble on down to the horse box so we could take him to the vet to be cared for and treated. It took him a long time to get there because he was so weak - and we have now named him Bumble as a result.

“He’s in a critical condition but doing as well as he can do - and we have everything crossed that he will make a good recovery.”

Anyone with any information about Bumble can call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.

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