Published: 10:15, 19 March 2017 |
Updated: 13:17, 19 March 2017
A horse has been put down after it was found collapsed in a field in Fawkham, near West Kingsdown, this morning.
The animal was found in a field in Brands Hatch Road, by members of the Kent Horse Rescue team, and vets from the RSPCA.
Officers from Kent Police were also called out to the field at about 9am this morning after receiving information the horse was suffering.
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As animal rescuers arrived they could see the horse had collapsed on the field and said the animal was also severely emaciated.
Jane Brown, chief field officer at Kent Horse Rescue said: “The poor pony was very emaciated and a woman reported it was poorly yesterday and gave it home hay.
“However, it was just too weak to eat it. It is a black and white pony.
“It tried to get up while we were there, so it showed spirit, but it the poor pony was just to weak.
“It has totally collapsed and we have been stood down now but the RSPCA and the police are still there.
"I would hope because it showed some spirit we could save it at Kent Horse Rescue.
Video: Emaciated horse found collapsed in field has now been put down.
“I am afraid the horse may not make it and there is no proof of ownership, so it is difficult to find who is responsible.
Later in the morning, Ms Brown added: "A vet attended and the horse was shot.
Because it still had a bit of spirit, I would have hoped it showed signs it could have been saved.
When they can't move their heads at all, then fair enough, but I've seen horses in a worse state than that and they have lived.
It is very sad."
A spokesman for Kent Police said: "I can confirm that Kent Police was called to a field in Fawkham, Brands Hatch where the RSPCA was tending to a foal who had collapsed.
"Unfortunately the foal was too ill to be saved.
"Officers were in attendance until 10.40am."
Ms Brown and other volunteers at the Kent Horse Rescue charity rely entirely on donations, to find out more visit www.kenthorserescue.org
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