Kent horse crisis: dead mare found tied to tree *warning: graphic images*

  • A horse has been found dead and tied to a tree by her hindlegs in Kent.

    Website KentOnline reported that a member of the public made the sad find on 15 April.

    The RSPCA confirmed to H&H that an inspector was called to the body of the horse.

    Kent cruelty case 1“The horse was a mare, who reportedly looked to be in fair condition, but had no microchip, so we have been unable to trace an owner,” said a spokesman.

    “We understand that the local authorities have been notified and will arrange for the removal of the body.”

    The charity is appealing for information on 0300 123 8018.

    Kent horse crisis

    At the start of this year, the RSPCA warned of a “horse crisis” after receiving more than 300 calls in two weeks.

    “These horses have been dumped in driveways, fields, on private and public land with complete disregard for both the animals and the public,” said inspector Caroline Doe at the time.

    “We are seeing a spate of dumped horses in the county at the moment, which is extremely shocking and distressing and needs to stop.”

    An RSPCA spokesman told H&H on Thursday (21 April) that it is continuing to work with other equine welfare charities to tackle the ongoing crisis and to try and prevent further animals from suffering.

    “The charity has seen a spate of calls about equine issues during recent months in areas across Kent, and continues to urge the public to get in touch with any information relating to these sad incidents,” said the spokesman.

    “The RSPCA and other equine welfare charities are calling on the government in England to take urgent action to address the ongoing horse crisis, to deal with the numbers of horses being illegally abandoned and the lack of enforcement in the horse passport system.”

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