Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Six dead horses dumped in Kent

The bodies of six dead horses have been found dumped next to country lanes in a Kent village over a two-month period.

Residents of Shoreham, near Sevenoaks, believe the horses may have been mistreated before they died and want the matter investigated.

Local man Malcolm Drew, who took the photograph of the dead foal above when he found it early one Sunday morning, described it as a “terrible experience”.

By law, dead horses must be disposed of by someone who is specially registered to remove them.

Another resident, Annette Bovington, said: "It's just absolutely horrid. It's really, really shocking and deeply unpleasant for everybody, and certainly for people out walking footpaths to suddenly come across a dead creature like this."

RSPCA inspector Vikki Dawe told the BBC: "It's obviously distressing for the people that find them, and from our point of view what we are really concerned about is what happens to the horses before they end up in the situation where they are found. We don't know whether they are in a bad condition, whether they have been suffering, whether they have received any veterinary treatment before they died." is the UK's leading classified website.

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