Animal lover's plea to move body of dead pony from Wilmington lane
The dead body of a young
pony under a tarpaulin in Wilmington
by Alan Watkins
Beneath a blue tarpaulin in a quiet Dartford lane lies the
dead body of a young pony.
The tarpaulin was put over it by a thoughtful horse lover who
found the decomposing animal near a school at the weekend.
But Dartford council said it cannot remove the body until
the landowner can be tracked down.
Hilary Chamberlain, who keeps horses nearby, found the pony
near The Ship pub, in Puddledock Lane, Wilmington.
She said: "I am angry, very angry.
"I have been to the council four times, and they don't want to
Mrs Chamberlain, who lives in Knole Road, Dartford,
thinks the pony has been lying there since last Thursday
"I have covered it over with a tarpaulin because I don't want
the children seeing it," she said.
A Dartford council spokesman said it did not have authority to
enter private land and remove anything - even a dead animal
- without the owner's permission.