The RSPCA is now appealing for the public's help in tracing those believed to be the animal's owners, after they left the injured horse at the scene.

The charity has issued photographs of two men it wants to speak to about the incident which happened in Great Bridge Road, Bilston, West Midlands, on Sunday afternoon.

The horse had been pulling a trap and was part of a procession of other carriages, when the incident happened. Members of the public were left to help the animal, which was "bleeding profusely" from wounds to her front and legs, animal welfare officers said.

"The horse was lying in the road and bleeding where the smashed windscreen had cut into her front and legs. This was a shocking sight and she was clearly suffering." RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor

The car which the horse collided with was left badly damaged - but the occupants escaped unscathed (RSPCA/PA)

The inspector added that although the incident must have been "a shock", she claimed the men had "abandoned" the horse to its fate by leaving the scene.

The horse, which escaped without broken bones, is now at boarding stables and should make a full recovery, according to vets.

Anyone who recognises the horse, or the men in the picture are being urged to contact the RSPCA by calling 0300 123 8018.

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A grandmother was surprised when a skinny and mite-covered horse was delivered at her house after her 13-year old granddaughter ordered in online.

The young colt was abandoned at the back of a house in Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, after the girl ordered the horse from an online advert and gave her grandmother’s address for delivery.

The shocked nan, unsure what to do with the pony, contacted World Horse Welfare and it has since been transported to a private boarding stable.

Now the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare is asking for the public’s help to find those responsible.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin said:

“You couldn’t make this up! A 13-year-old girl responded to a plea on an online free ads site where a lady said she didn’t want the pony anymore and that he would be put to sleep if no one had him.“She gave her nan’s address and the next thing that happened was a man just came along and dumped the pony there, no words of advice or anything like that - and leaving a very shocked nan.“We don’t know where this poor pony came from but he clearly was not treated well before being abandoned.Pets at Home apologies after wrongly accusing seven-year-old girl of shoplifting“We have come to a dead end in trying to find out further information so we are appealing for anybody who can help us to get in touch.”


Anyone who has information about the dumped horse should call the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018 or World Horse Welfare at 08000 480 180.

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The disturbing footage shows Connie Mullane, 25, of Winterbourne, South Gloucestershire  picking up a piece of wood and using it to strike the horse in the face.

The pony can be seen rearing up and showing clear signs of distress after the attack, which took place on 20 May this year.

Mullane was sentenced on 8 December to 24 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, and given a lifetime disqualification order on keeping horses.

RSPCA inspector Miranda Albinson, who investigated the case, said:

'This is an absolutely horrific case of animal cruelty. There is never an excuse to treat an animal in this way.

'CCTV footage clearly shows Connie Mullane hitting the poor horse in the face with a piece of wood in an incident which would have caused pain and left the horse terrified.' 


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Ten horses and ponies found wandrering around a Peterborough housing estate, were rescued after escaping from a field.

The incident was described as "extremely careless and irresponsible" as sadly, it was thought that they had been released deliberately.

Fenland Animal Rescue worked alongside the RSPCA and the police to return the animals back to their paddock.

"I cannot stress enough at how dangerous these situations can be to the public. Under no circumstances should animals be approached whilst roaming free." - Josh Flannigan, Fenland Animal Rescue

"These horses could easily have strayed on to a busy road and been hurt or killed if involved in an accident. This also puts the lives of drivers at risk." - Justin Stubbs, RSPCA Inspector



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It was obvious to those who saw the disturbing photos of rider Charlotte McPherson on social media at an equestrian event earlier this year, that her horse, Thor, was severely emaciated.

The RSPCA was made aware of these photos of the 10-year-old thoroughbred ex-racehorse, whose racing name was Hoare Abbey and McPherson aged 22, of Park Lane, Kidderminster, appeared at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court yesterday (December 6th) for sentencing.

Charlotte McPherson riding her horse, Thor, at an event where an exercise sheet masked how badly malnourished the animal was.            CREDIT: CATERS

She was charged with two offences - that of causing unnecessary suffering to a horse by failing to investigate and treat the cause of his poor body condition, and failing to take steps to ensure that the needs of the animal were met, by failing to protect him from pain, suffering, injury and disease by riding him when he was not in a fit state to be ridden.

Having pleaded guilty to the offences at an earlier hearing in August this year, she was disqualified from keeping horses for 10 years and also given a 12-month community order, ordered her to do 160 hours of unpaid work and told her to pay £300 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

“Thor looked incredibly thin", said RSPCA Inspector Suzi Smith "and you could see pretty much every bone in his body. It was obvious to anyone who saw him that he was not well. A vet examined Thor and gave him a body condition of zero out of five - he was that thin."

"While in this body condition, McPherson rode him twice a week, including at a fun ride in Bissell Wood, Blakedown, in March this year, where his condition was noticed by people at the event. Not only was he thin, but he had a sore on his spine which was directly underneath the saddle. Thor would have been in a lot of pain while he was being ridden.

A vet examination of Thor showed that the cause of his weight loss was because of inadequate condition and a high worm egg count, as he had not been wormed properly.

Thor, in much better condition today.

Thor, in much better shape today               © RSPCA

“It was a slow progress to get him on the road to recovery as he would not have survived a wormer straightaway due to the condition he was in, but within five months he had put on weight and been properly wormed, where he soon showed that he had a zero worm egg count,” said Inspector Smith. We are so thankful to the Retraining of Racehorses charity who assisted with the veterinary costs in this case, and also to everyone in ‘Team Thor’ who provided the care and attention he needed. Thor has done amazingly well and he has now been rehomed. He is loving his new life and when he trots across a field, you would find it hard to believe what he was like earlier this year.”

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