The RSPCA are appealing for information on Bumble a piebald cob who was found by a passer-by on the outskirts of Cray Valley Golf Course, Sidcup in Kent on Wednesday (16 November). The cob was taken to the vet, where he is now in a critical, but stable condition.
On initially first seeing the emaciated cob, RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas felt that he was dead, but as she approached him, he weakly lifted his head, so she knew there was a chance to save him.
“It seems he was dying of thirst." says RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas, "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."
RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas believes he had been just dumped there and left to die in this very secluded spot.
“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," said RSPCA inspector Ellen Thomas.
Bumble is in a critical condition, but it's hoped he will make a good recovery.
Anyone with any information about how Bumble came to be dumped in such a way should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.