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Appeal for information after four-month old horse and pony left for dead in Orpington lane

PUBLISHED: 14:21 14 October 2015 | UPDATED: 14:21 14 October 2015

The pony was so weak it could no longer stand

The pony was so weak it could no longer stand

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The RSPCA said that the animals - which later died - were in a 'horrific state'

A four-month old foal and a male pony were found abandoned and dying in an Orpington Lane on Monday evening.

The white flecked foal and a skewbald pony were found in Shoreham Lane after apparently being abandoned by their owner. The pair were discovered by RSPCA officers which said they were both in a ‘horrific state’.

The pony had collapsed in the middle of the road due to exhaustion. A vet which attended the incident found that the pony was so underweight and in such a bad state of health that the kindest thing was to end its suffering.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Pulfer said: “The pony was one of the thinnest horses I have ever seen - his bones really sticking out and he could be picked up with my hands he was so light, despite being 12 hands high. He had chronic diarrhoea and was collapsed in the middle of the road due to being so weak.”

The foal was in a slightly better state of health so vets decided to try and treat it. However it had suffered nasty leg wounds - thought to be from dog bites - which had become infected. After the four-month old animal failed to respond to treatment, vets decided they had no choice but to put it to sleep as well.

Inspector Pulfer said: “The foal was also in a terrible way. The infection on his legs had got right into his bones, resulting in a really nasty wound.

“They had obviously been neglected for quite some time - probably most of their lives as they were both so young.

“What makes this story even sadder for me is these short unhappy lives ended with them being callously dumped to suffer on their own in a remote lane.”

The RSPCA is now appealing for anyone with information about the horse to get in touch with them by calling 0300 123 8018.

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