Police are appealing for information after a young black filly was found dumped in a ditch in a village in Hertfordshire earlier this week (Tuesday, 2 March).

The body was discovered by officers in a ditch on Bradmore Lane in the village of Brookmans Park near Hatfield.

The youngster had no microchip or other identification.

The body had started to decompose by the time it was found.

“Who knows what happened to this poor animal before she died and it is callous and unacceptable for horses to be treated like this,” said RSPCA inspector Stephanie Law.

She said she was called out to a similar incident involving a dumped horse in Hatfield a month ago.

“I’m disgusted that yet another horse has been dumped like rubbish in a ditch,” said Inspector Law.

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The council has now removed the body.

“Sadly cases like this are not uncommon. The country is currently in the grip of a horse crisis with the RSPCA and other horse welfare charities struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses,” said Inspector Law.

The RSPCA is appealing for anyone with information about how the filly died to contact the charity on 0300 123 8018.

Under the Animal Welfare Act 2006, anyone found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to an animal could face a maximum six-month prison sentence and/or a £20,000 fine.