The RSPCA are urging the public to come forward with information after a horse was left to die in freezing conditions at the weekend.
The piebald mare, suspected to be around 12-years old, was found in a field in Skeffington, Leicestershire on Sunday morning by a dog walker. She had frost in her mane and was left lying on the ground, unable to get up.
It’s thought that whoever had abandoned her tied her hind legs to a fence. Tyre tracks near to the scene suggest that they then accelerated sharply away, causing the mare to fall over. The fall caused severe injuries to the side of her face.
While the mare was still alive when she was found, she was incredibly distressed and was moaning and pawing at the ground, unable to get up.
A vet decided the kindest thing would be to put the poor girl to sleep.
RSPCA inspector Sheona Morley, who attended the incident, said: “The horse's back legs had been tied to railings with blue rope, and tyre tracks on the ground showed that whoever dumped her had pulled away in their truck, resulting in the horse falling on to the floor.
“As a result of this impact, the horse had horrific injuries to one side of her face. The horse was unable to stand and was pawing at the ground with her front feet, trying to get up.
“When I arrived the horse was making moaning sounds - it was absolutely horrific. Frost had formed on her face and mane.
“Thankfully, someone who lived locally was able to bring a large blanket to put over her. Very sadly the vet could see that she was clearly suffering and she was put to sleep.
“Leaving a horse for dead like this, in freezing conditions, is a callous thing to do. Whoever did it had no regards for the horse's wellbeing whatsoever.
“We are urging anyone with information to contact us in complete confidence on 0300 123 8018."
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