The body of a piebald foal has been found dumped in a ditch in Essex. A passer-by discovered the young horse in a field at the entrance of a field in Woodham Ferrers last Tuesday (22 April) and reported it to the RSPCA.

There were no obvious signs to indicate how the foal may have died, nor any clues to track down the owner.

“It was a very distressing discovery for the member of the public who came upon this poor young horse,” said RSPCA inspector Steve Craddock. “We have no way of knowing where this foal came from, or how he died. It concerns us greatly about the sort of welfare issues that could have caused such a premature death.”

The RSPCA is appealing for information. Tel: 0300 123 8018.