A horse that was left tethered with a metal chain cutting into her neck is now living a happy and care-free life in her new home.
Madge, a young two-year old piebald mare, is now living with her new foster family in West Sussex, along with their yearling Amber and horses Bumble and Evie.
The little mare was only a year old when she was found by the RSPCA in Essex last year, after a member of the public had spotted her tethered in a field.
Madge was found to have a nasty wound at the top of her neck that had become infested with maggots. It’s thought that she hadn’t been tended to in well over two weeks.
RSPCA Inspector Marie Hammerton who found Madge said: “I remember when I arrived to find poor Madge after receiving a call from a concerned member of the public. She had a nasty wound on the top of her neck where the tether had been digging in for some time. The tether used was totally inappropriate - a thick metal chain wrapped in what appears to be the inner tube of a push bike.
“The wound was horrendous - approximately five inches by two inches and swarming in maggots, and at the time the vets estimated that Madge would have been suffering like this for around two weeks. She would have been in so much pain. Neglect on this level is something no animal should ever have to suffer.”
Following her recovery, Madge found a home with Hilary Major in July this year. Hilary is currently fostering Madge until she’s fully adopted.
She said: “Madge is a very easy pony, very friendly, and despite her awful story and previous terrible wound, she is very trusting.
“I really enjoy fostering her and am glad I can give her a normal life, until she is fully adopted. She is going to make somebody a very lovely riding pony one day, I’m sure.”
Madge’s happy update comes as the RSPCA launches its ‘Love Animals, Hate Cruelty’ winter campaign. This aims to bring these issues to the attention of our animal-loving nation and remind people that amongst the celebrations in the build-up to the festive season, a huge number of calls are being made to report neglect.
To help the RSPCA to continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care, and to support the winter Love Animals, Hate Cruelty campaign, please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/lovehate2016