‘Emaciated’ horse put down after collapsing in Harold Hill field

PUBLISHED: 16:23 09 April 2015 | UPDATED: 16:23 09 April 2015

Lower Bedfords Road, Harold Hill                 Photo: Google Maps

Lower Bedfords Road, Harold Hill Photo: Google Maps


The RSPCA is appealing the owner of a horse which collapsed this morning in a field near Harold Hill.

The animal charity was called to a field off Lower Bedfords Road this morning where the horse was found to be extremely unwell.

A spokeswoman said: “He was in such a bad state of health – emaciated, weak and unable to get up – that we immediately called a vet.

“It was the vet’s opinion that the horse was suffering as a result of long-term neglect.

“He said very sadly that the kindest thing to do was to put the horse to sleep and to end this suffering.”

The RSPCA receives about 500 calls relating to horse welfare every week and currently has more than 600 horses in its care.

The spokeswoman added: “Sadly, cases like this are not uncommon.

“The country is currently in the grip of a horse crisis with the RSPCA and other horse welfare charities struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses.”

The RSPCA are appealing for anyone with information on the horse and its owner to call them on 0300 123 8018.

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