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Dead Belvedere horse: “I have never seen anything like it,” says RSPCA inspector

PUBLISHED: 11:33 24 January 2014 | UPDATED: 14:18 27 January 2014

Foal was eventually found by dog walker in Kingsground Avenue, Belvedere on January 15.

Foal was eventually found by dog walker in Kingsground Avenue, Belvedere on January 15.

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Collapsed, emaciated and with his nose poking out of a rubbish bag this horse was left for dead by its owner.

The foal was found by a dog walker who spotted the animal in a heavy duty “Hippo” bag in an alleyway behind Kingswood Avenue, Belvedere.

RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas said: “It looks like someone has reversed a truck down the start of the alleyway and just chucked the bag off the back of their truck and driven away knowing the horse would lay there suffering until an eventual death.”

Ms Thomas added the horse was too weak to stand, and had to be put down by the vet because his body could not cope with the “severe worm burden”.

“How someone can dump a live horse in a dark alley knowing that they would be leaving it there to suffer and die is beyond me,” said Ms Thomas. “It was an upsetting scene. I have never seen anything like it.

“Thank goodness for the kind members of the public that rang us and stayed to assist while we waited for the vet and horsebox.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Thomas.

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