An appeal has been launched to identify the callous owner of a badly neglected horse after it was found abandoned on open land in Tipton.
The animal, a two-year old piebald colt, was deliberately left on Weddell Wynd.
On examination, the horse was found to be riddled with lice and red worm infestation. It was also suffering from a burst abscess in its mouth and had numerous sores probably caused by ropes when it was being dragged off a vehicle.
The RSPCA contacted Equine Emergency Services (EES) – working on behalf of Sandwell Council – on Friday 25 January.
Equine Emergency Services, the RSPCA, West
Midlands Fire Service and West Midlands Police were all involved in rescuing
the horse and taking it to a place of safety.
Tyre marks could be seen where a vehicle had driven onto the land and off-loaded the horse.
Councillor Paul Moore, Sandwell’s cabinet
member for regeneration and economic investment, said: “This is an absolutely
“No animal should suffer the unnecessary pain and degradation which this poor horse has been subjected to.
“The horse is not micro-chipped so we are unable to trace the owner. I would appeal to anyone who has information about who is responsible for abandoning the horse and for the neglected state in which it was found in to contact the authorities.”
Councillor Moore added, “The council works with EES to deal with horses that are tethered or grazing illegally which we can do under The Control of Horses Act 2015.
“The Act allows councils to act quickly and decisively before animals start to suffer especially in cases where they have no access to food or water, or protection.
“Horses are removed, checked for a microchip and if the owner cannot be traced, they are treated by a vet, retrained if necessary and then rehomed.”
The horse is currently in a critical care
stable, currently isolated but unable to stand without help. It’s hoped that he
will recover from the neglect and abuse inflicted on him.
Anyone with information about the incident or who the owner of the horse is can contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 or Equine Emergency Services on 07415376458.
Any information received will be treated in strict confidence.