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The RSPCA is looking for whoever is responsible for fly-tipping a dead horse on the side of the A500.
A member of the public made the devastating discovery of the dead horse just off of the dual carriageway in Audley before calling the RSPCA. One of the charity's members was dispatched to the scene straight away.
The RSPCA inspector, Charlotte Melvin, found the foal in a seriously poor condition, amongst piles of bark.
The horse was found abnormally thin and at this stage of the investigation, it is thought that the horse was already dead when it was left at the side of the road as there are no signs of the horse having struggled.
The owner of the land where the horse was dumped, Robert Elliot, was left in shock after seeing the horse. He was informed by inspectors prior to this.
He said: "It is awful that someone would just dump an animal like this and it looked in poor condition. It isn’t the first time this has happened though, a couple of years back another young horse was dumped on our land and we often get problems with fly-tipping around the area."
RSPCA inspector, Melvin believes the horse had been there for several days and is urging anyone with any information to come forward.
She said: "It is so sad to see such a young animal discarded like rubbish in this way - she was also clearly not looked after well before she was dumped as she was so thin. I would like to hear from anyone who may know who the foal belonged to.”
The RSPCA and other animal charities are struggling to deal with the increasing number of equine crisis.
The RSPCA’s inspectorate national equine co-ordinator Christine McNeil said: "Up and down England and Wales, horses are being found sick, dying or sometimes dead.
"It is frequently the case they have been abandoned and left to die. This is upsettingly very common and it’s a massive issue - a very sad one at that.
"We are constantly receiving calls to our cruelty line - on average 80 per day about horses alone across England and Wales - as well as messages every day on social media from very concerned and upset people asking for our help."