RSPCA investigate dead horse found dumped in Darwen

Lancashire Telegraph: This picture of the dead horse was supplied by the RSCPA to help the hunt for the culprits This picture of the dead horse was supplied by the RSCPA to help the hunt for the culprits

A STARVED horse was found dead on a track strung up by its legs and neck. Animal welfare inspectors fear the horse may have been dumped and left to die in the freezing winter temperatures.

Community leaders have branded the incident ‘distressing and disgraceful’ and said those responsible are ‘despicable’.

The RSPCA said the extremely emaciated animal had been deliberately dumped with a blue rope around its neck. They are investigating whether it was left at the side of the road to die, strangled, or dumped after it was already dead.

The incident comes as Briercliffe-based horse rescue charity, HAPPA, said the UK was on the verge of an ‘equine crisis’ as welfare groups struggled to cope with growing number of unwanted animals.

A spokeswoman said horses were being sold for as little as £5, but owners weren’t prepared for the high cost of looking after them.

There had also been a growing number of ‘fly grazing’ incidents in the county, in which animals are left to graze on private land without permission.

Lancashire police made the grim discovery in Long Hey Lane, Pickup Bank, near Darwen, on Wednesday morning. They contacted the RSPCA who have now taken over the case.

Inspector Kat Hamblin of the RSPCA said: “We found a piebald cob filly, which is a black and white female horse, in the ditch. “We are really keen to find out what happened to this filly.

“She was extremely emaciated and had a blue rope, around 20 metres long, tied very tightly around her neck.

“It’s unclear if someone has strangled her or if she has been dragged there to die or if someone used the rope to pull her body off a wagon because they wanted to avoid the charge for disposal.

“Either way, it is a very troubling case and we want to find out exactly what happened here. “It is just so sad.”

The RSPCA have released photographs of the horse, two of which the Lancashire Telegraph have published with the charity’s support.

Inspector Hamblin said: “I think it is very important that people see the photographs, as upsetting as it might be, as it is very important that we highlight the cruelty that is being imposed on horses and the increased number of horses cases that we have to deal with.

“Horses are pretty cheap to come by but expensive to keep and people often feel they cannot cope with the costs.”

The RSPCA is now appealing for anyone who noticed suspicious activity in the Pickup Bank area on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

They also want to hear from anyone who has lost a horse matching the description to get in touch with them.

Inspector Hamblin said: “She may have gone unnoticed as she was absolutely covered in mud and you couldn’t see any of her white fur showing through but we are really eager to hear from anyone who saw anything at all.”

Julie Slater, ward councillor for the area said: “I think this is absolutely disgusting. “Whoever has done this is just despicable.

“This is quite a rural area of town and all my constituents are real horse lovers. I can’t see any local farmer treating an animal this way.

“I hope whoever has done it is prosecuted and I want to stress the importance of people coming forward if they saw anything suspicious.

“Not only is this a very cruel way to treat an animal but the removal of it is a cost to the tax payer and we will be able to prosecute the perpetrator, if caught, for both for flytipping and for animal cruelty.

Blackburn with Darwen borough council attended the scene and removed the horse.

Councillor Jim Smith, executive member for environment, said: “The dead horse was removed after liaising with both the police and RSPCA in the reporting and removal of this poor animal, in what is a distressing and disgraceful incident.”

“It beggars belief that anyone could be so callous in treating an animal in this way, and we hope the relevant authorities find those responsible.”

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9:02am Fri 6 Dec 13

BEVK says...

PURE EVIL, hope they find the sicko's who have done this.
RIP little filly xx
PURE EVIL, hope they find the sicko's who have done this. RIP little filly xx BEVK

9:18am Fri 6 Dec 13

poppy23 says...

I really hope they find the scumbag who has done this.
I really hope they find the scumbag who has done this. poppy23

9:29am Fri 6 Dec 13

cloud99 says...

Makes my blood boil to see something like this. Whoever did this want's locking up for a very long time!
Makes my blood boil to see something like this. Whoever did this want's locking up for a very long time! cloud99

9:51am Fri 6 Dec 13

BreastCancerSurvivor says...

Dreadful the scum who did this are pure evil. Poor thing R.I.P little horse
Dreadful the scum who did this are pure evil. Poor thing R.I.P little horse BreastCancerSurvivor

1:57pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Mothernature says...

I would like to get my hands on the scumbag who allowed this poor little filly to suffer & die in the manner she did. That type of person is the sort that will never be a normal, upstanding member of society. If the police ever find the scrote, I hope the courts give it the maximum sentence allowed, banned from any animal ever having the misfortune of being in it's care and named and shamed by the media. Karma will bite back.
I would like to get my hands on the scumbag who allowed this poor little filly to suffer & die in the manner she did. That type of person is the sort that will never be a normal, upstanding member of society. If the police ever find the scrote, I hope the courts give it the maximum sentence allowed, banned from any animal ever having the misfortune of being in it's care and named and shamed by the media. Karma will bite back. Mothernature

2:52pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Mrs N. says...

The people who did this to a poor animal are low life and deserve to be caught and dealt with in the most unpleasant way possible. I really hope they get their come uppance,
The people who did this to a poor animal are low life and deserve to be caught and dealt with in the most unpleasant way possible. I really hope they get their come uppance, Mrs N.

5:49pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Skookie says...

Pure evil sadistic freaks who let this poor horse suffer like it did, I just hope the evil **** suffer a death worst than this little horse did.
Pure evil sadistic freaks who let this poor horse suffer like it did, I just hope the evil **** suffer a death worst than this little horse did. Skookie

6:01pm Fri 6 Dec 13

mrs wizzit says...

This story really upset me today. How terrible to treat an animal like this.I would have even took this animal in myself to look after, and you are not telling me that people where driving along that road and did not notice anything going on. some people do turn a blind eye and will stand back and do nothing.shame on the person, but it will come back on them.
This story really upset me today. How terrible to treat an animal like this.I would have even took this animal in myself to look after, and you are not telling me that people where driving along that road and did not notice anything going on. some people do turn a blind eye and will stand back and do nothing.shame on the person, but it will come back on them. mrs wizzit

7:28pm Fri 6 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

I found a dead horse in a lay-by on Jackson Heights Road just above Pickup
Bank about two years ago.
I have heard of fly-tipping - but horse tipping is a new one on me.
Seriously - look no further than the nearest group of travellers - they trade in horses and dump everything they don't want for others to clean up and I would bet every penny I have that that will include horses they can't sell.
I found a dead horse in a lay-by on Jackson Heights Road just above Pickup Bank about two years ago. I have heard of fly-tipping - but horse tipping is a new one on me. Seriously - look no further than the nearest group of travellers - they trade in horses and dump everything they don't want for others to clean up and I would bet every penny I have that that will include horses they can't sell. Copperhead

9:39pm Fri 6 Dec 13

useyourhead says...

Copperhead wrote:
I found a dead horse in a lay-by on Jackson Heights Road just above Pickup
Bank about two years ago.
I have heard of fly-tipping - but horse tipping is a new one on me.
Seriously - look no further than the nearest group of travellers - they trade in horses and dump everything they don't want for others to clean up and I would bet every penny I have that that will include horses they can't sell.
I thought from the description it sounded like a travellers pony too, whoever it was are pitiful excuses for humans I wish they will get caught but reality says they won't.
[quote][p][bold]Copperhead[/bold] wrote: I found a dead horse in a lay-by on Jackson Heights Road just above Pickup Bank about two years ago. I have heard of fly-tipping - but horse tipping is a new one on me. Seriously - look no further than the nearest group of travellers - they trade in horses and dump everything they don't want for others to clean up and I would bet every penny I have that that will include horses they can't sell.[/p][/quote]I thought from the description it sounded like a travellers pony too, whoever it was are pitiful excuses for humans I wish they will get caught but reality says they won't. useyourhead

11:31pm Fri 6 Dec 13

queenie20 says...

so you think it's only travellers that do things like that....Whilst pple keep thinking that others will get away with it...

bigots
so you think it's only travellers that do things like that....Whilst pple keep thinking that others will get away with it... bigots queenie20

8:39pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

queenie20 wrote:
so you think it's only travellers that do things like that....Whilst pple keep thinking that others will get away with it...

bigots
Travellers DO do thinks like that. If you think my comment is unfair, you obviously don't read the national press.
Irish travellers are the worst offenders - nothing more than human locusts.
They stole my caravan - the Police told me so.
They steal ANYTHING they can.
I have a friend who is a Motorway Traffic Officer and he has been involved in so many incidents involving pikeys and stolen vehicles he has lost count.
Just because someone makes a statement you consider wrong, racist or politically incorrect, doesn't mean that the statement is untrue.
[quote][p][bold]queenie20[/bold] wrote: so you think it's only travellers that do things like that....Whilst pple keep thinking that others will get away with it... bigots[/p][/quote]Travellers DO do thinks like that. If you think my comment is unfair, you obviously don't read the national press. Irish travellers are the worst offenders - nothing more than human locusts. They stole my caravan - the Police told me so. They steal ANYTHING they can. I have a friend who is a Motorway Traffic Officer and he has been involved in so many incidents involving pikeys and stolen vehicles he has lost count. Just because someone makes a statement you consider wrong, racist or politically incorrect, doesn't mean that the statement is untrue. Copperhead

11:04pm Sat 7 Dec 13

poppy23 says...

Has any of the authorities checked for a microchip or at the various equine vets around here?
Has any of the authorities checked for a microchip or at the various equine vets around here? poppy23

10:45pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Unhappycyclist says...

I may be wrong, but are horse passports and microchipping not mandatory?

Or is it only enforced against the law abiding section of the community.
I may be wrong, but are horse passports and microchipping not mandatory? Or is it only enforced against the law abiding section of the community. Unhappycyclist

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