The body of a horse … was discovered in Fray’s River off Packet Boat Lane, Cowley, on Monday morning, its hooves bound with rope.Appalled members of the public were keen to see justice done:
Once the body had been removed, those who had helped were keen to get it scanned for a microchip, in an attempt identify the owner.
“That is the only way to find out who did this,” she said.If the poor animal ever had a microchip, of course.
In a statement, the RSPCA said: “There is no evidence to explain how the horse ended up here and whether it was a deliberate act or whether the animal slipped or had some kind of accident.”Who knows? It might have done the equine equivalent of falling down the custody unit steps, eh, RSPCA?
Hillingdon police say they were called on Monday afternoon in relation to a horse in the river.
They are yet to confirm if they have opened an investigation.Contrast the RSPCA foot-dragging here with their actions in other cases.
And it’s a pattern we see repeated time and again:
Charlotte Watson, 40, of Maplescombe Lane, came across the dead foal this morning. She told News Shopper: "I keep getting horses dumped in my road.
"This foal was probably about seven or eight months old.
"This is happening way to often in this area and surrounding areas. I am disgusted and upset.
"I've reported it to police and RSPCA.
"It's terrible for people who have to suffer the consequences of other people's bad behaviour and is very upsetting for families with young children.
"The people who do this are obviously very cold hearted and callous.
"Nobody seems to want to help when this does happen.
"The last horse dumped in our road was left there for 10 days before being removed."The RSPCA is ‘concerned’:
A RSPCA spokeswoman said: "The RSPCA shares concerns about the dead horse found in Maplescombe Lane, Farningham near Dartford.
"It has been reported to us and we have been to have a look but it is unclear what caused the animal to die."It’s all a bit of a puzzle, isn’t it? If you try hard not to solve it, that is.