Horse put down after being dumped in Swanley with appalling injuries
The horse found
collapsed near a footpath in Swanley
A horse has been put down after she
was dumped in Swanley with appalling injuries.
The animal was discovered collapsed next to a footpath in School
Lane just after midnight yesterday.
RSPCA inspectors said the female horse - thought to have been
about two-years-old - appears to have been dumped by her owner
because of her injuries.
She was emaciated with hip bones, spine and ribs clearly
visible. She had 15 open flesh wounds all over her body and a major
wound on her right front leg.
Some of the injuries were so deep that the horse's bones were
exposed. She also had a wound inside her mouth.
The horse had to be put
down after being dumped in Swanley
A Kent Fire and Rescue Service crew had to help the horse onto
her feet and a vat was called.
She was taken to a specialist equine vet, who said the
injuries were caused by irritation from rugs she had been covered
with. Infection had set in and she was put to sleep on vet
RSPCA inspector Rebecca London said: "The horse was very
"I suspect someone dumped her there when they realised she was
"The vet said she must have been sick for weeks."
Anyone with information about who dumped the horse is asked to
phone 0300 123 8018 in confidence.