A horrified horse-lover from Rhodesia is appealing for help to find the owners of a ‘starved’ colt found dumped by the side of a road.
Thornberry Animal Sanctuary trustee Rachel Ward was alerted to the foal’s plight after another woman saw the body lying on the ground, with blue rope tied around its neck and front legs, off Bolsover Road in Shuttlewood.
Mum Rachel, aged 44, said: “The horse was in an absolutely appalling condition. All his bones were poking up, he’d starved to death and was definitely malnutritioned.
“He’d got a rope around his neck really tight and rope around his front legs but I think that had been used to drag him from a lorry.
“I have worked in animal cruelty for 30 years and you never get used to it. The animal was less than a year old, he was only a baby.
“But the most horrifying thing for me was that he had been starved and left there when it is a place where people will walk their dogs.”
A spokesman for Derbyshire Police said they had been informed of the incident on Sunday morning.
She added: “Enquiries are ongoing to find out who owned the horse and from there on we can take appropriate action if needed.”
Anybody with information about the owner of the foal can contact Derbyshire Police on 101.