RSPCA officers were called to investigate claims a horse had been tied to the back of a trailer by its legs - only to find the filly was a fake and made of plastic.
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People were calling up the animal welfare charity’s Cruelty Hotline to report the lifelike nag - believing it was real - after they spotted it tied to the top of a flatbed trailer and being towed 100miles from Birmingham to Cambridge last week.
RSPCA Inspector Richard Lythgoe said when he heard about the circumstances, he thought it sounded odd and when he arrived at the property he saw the horse was made of plastic and laughed out loud.
He said: “The information that was coming in was mainly from drivers who saw the horse tied up by its legs on top of a trailer.
"Obviously when driving down the motorway and catching a glimpse of this lifesize, lifelike horse being pulled down the motorway it would’ve been very worrying - so thankfully it was just a fake one!
“When I got to look into it, I realised it was a life-size plastic horse!
"The couple had driven all the way to Birmingham to collect it and because it was so big needed a trailer to get it back to Cambridge.
“We do get lots of calls about horses through to our hotline - but I've never been called out to check up on a fake one before.”
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