Horse found dumped like "rubbish" at side of road in Staffordshire

RSPCA are appealing to find who dumped emaciated dead foal at side of busy road on land near Audley.

The emaciated dead foal was was left like rubbish with piles of tree bark on property off the A500 Alsager Road.

Inspector Charlotte Melvin was sent to the scene yesterday. 

At this stage it is thought the foal was dead when she was left as there were no scratch marks on the ground to suggest she had been struggling.

Inspector Melvin contacted the landowner Robert Elliot, of Eardley End Road, Bignall End, who was shocked when he saw the foal but said it wasn’t the first time a horse had been dumped in this area.

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.”   

Inspector Melvin is appealing for anyone who may have seen the foal getting dumped to contact the RSPCA appeals line on  0300 123 8018. She believes the foal had been there for a few days.

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.”

This foal is one of the latest to be dumped as the RSPCA and other animal charities struggle to cope with an ongoing equine crisis.

The RSPCA’s inspectorate national equine co-ordinator Christine McNeil added: “Up and down England and Wales, horses are being found sick, dying or sometimes dead.

"It is frequently the case that 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.”

Readers can find out more about re-homing rescue horses from the RSPCA here.

More from Local