The RSPCA has launched an appeal to find who is responsible for dumping a dead foal at the side of a busy road.
A concerned member of the public alerted the RSPCA to the dead filly which was found on land off the A500 Alsager Road in Audley, near Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire.
Inspector Charlotte Melvin visited the scene on January 10 and found the foal left alongside piles of tree bark which had also been dumped.
She said the foal looked in poor bodily condition and was emaciated.
At this stage it is thought the foal was dead when she was left as there were no scratch marks on the ground to suggest she had been struggling.
Inspector Melvin contacted the landowner Robert Elliot, of Eardley End Road, Bignall End, who was shocked when he saw the foal.
He said: “A couple of years back another young horse was dumped on our land and we often get problems with fly-tipping around the area.”
Inspector Melvin is appealing for anyone who may have seen the foal getting dumped to contact the RSPCA appeals line on 0300 123 8018. She believes the foal had been there for a few days.
She said: “It is so sad to see such a young animal discarded like rubbish in this way. She was also clearly not looked after well before she was dumped as she was so thin.
“I would like to hear from anyone who may know who the foal belonged to.”
This foal is one of the latest to be dumped as the RSPCA and other animal charities struggle to cope with an ongoing equine crisis.
The RSPCA’s inspectorate national equine co-ordinator Christine McNeil added: “This is upsettingly very common and it’s a massive issue - a very sad one at that.
“We are constantly receiving calls to our cruelty line — on average 80 per day about horses alone across England and Wales.”
To find out more about rehoming rescue horses from the RSPCA visit their website.
The RSPCA’s Homes for Horses campaign aims to find forever homes for its almost 800 horses and ponies this spring by showcasing the versatility and capability of the horses it rescues, whether they are ridden horses, companion animals or youngsters with heaps of potential. Visit the website to find out more.
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