Two horses found dead in Yorkshire

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the bodies of two horses were found.

The horses, a grey mare and a dark bay pony, were found on farmland in Buttercrambe, York last weekend (14 January), by a local resident who was walking on the land that belongs to Eller Farm. 

Image of the ponies - warning, you may find this upsetting

RSPCA inspector Claire Mitchell who is investigating said: “Finding two dead horses would be extremely upsetting for most people, but these poor ponies’ bodies were also in a distressing state.

"The young pony was emaciated and the grey mare had blood around her nose, and both had ropes tied around their feet.

“It’s very upsetting to think what these ponies went through before their death, so I'm very keen to hear from anyone who might have some information about where they have come from, who owns them, and who dumped them like this.

"This is something we've seen frequently since the horse crisis began, and in our experience, ropes tied around the horses’ feet means they have most likely been dragged from the back of a vehicle to be dumped away from where they were being kept.

“Sadly, this upsetting find is not uncommon. During the last few years we have been called about the bodies of horses and ponies dumped like this in locations up and down the country, and more often than not they're not microchipped so we have no way of tracing an owner.

"Whether it happens because it is costly to disposing of a dead horse, or just a very callous attitude from owners who believe horses are simply disposable, it's completely unacceptable.

“Anyone with any information should contact us as soon as possible by calling our inspector’s appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.”

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