The RSPCA is appealing for information after three dead horses were found dumped in Hertfordshire in recent weeks.
The discovery of a colt in a ditch near Darnicle Hill on 12 February prompted concerns about what appeared to be a spate of dumpings in the area, the RSPCA said.
A week earlier two dead horses were found about five miles away.
The colt, described as “very young” and with blue baler twine around its neck, appeared to have been dead for some time. RSPCA inspector Tina Ward said it had probably been buried by snow before being spotted by a member of the public.
The RSPCA is working with local police to find information that could lead to prosecutions.
RSPCA spokeswoman Diane Roberts told H&H: “There is evidence that they are not in good condition, that they were not being given the best treatment when they died.
“There are no forensics at the scene, no chips or branding, so we rely on people seeing something that can help us work backwards — what happened in the month before the horse died? Did you see it? When did its condition start to deteriorate, information that may lead to a prosecution.”
If you have any information, contact the RSPCA on: 0300 123 8018.