A YOUNG horse had to be put down by vets after it was found with horrific injuries on the outskirts of Worcester.
The gelding was discovered in a field on Smite Hill in the Hindlip area last Wednesday (February 12) with a poorly fitted head collar.
The blue nylon collar had become so tight it had cut into the horse’s nose, right down to the nasal bone, and was also restricting its breathing and eating so he had become very thin.
It is believed he had been in this condition for some time.
After assessing his condition, the RSCPA called a vet who sadly had to put the horse to sleep because of the extent of his injuries.
Kelly Lake, RSPCA inspector, urged anyone with information to come forward.
“This was such a sad situation and the horse was just too badly injured and in too poor a condition to be saved,” she said.
“This could so easily have been prevented.
“We are in the middle of a horse crisis, with more than 800 in our care that have been neglected or abandoned and we wouldn’t be in this situation if owners just took some responsibility for their animals.”
Anyone with information about where the horse came from or who his owner may be is urged to contact the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.
Visit www.choices.rspca.org.uk/Appeal/sponsor-a-stable-block to help the RSPCA care for rescued horses.