The Independent

‘Dumped like fly-tipped rubbish’: Pony found dead and tied to lamppost in car park

The Independent

The RSPCA began an investigation after workers found a dead pony tied to a lamppost that they said had been “dumped like fly-tipped rubbish”.

The animal charity was contacted by a passer-by after the chestnut mare was found abandoned at Gopsall Wharf car park in the village of Snarestone, Leicestershire.

It is believed its owner transported the emaciated horse in a truck before tying a rope from its legs to the lamppost and driving away from the scene on Green Lane.

Download the new Independent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

The charity has asked anyone who may have information to get in touch following the discovery on Wednesday.

Alison North, of the RSPCA, said: “The small chestnut horse looked to be in poor body condition with her ribs, hips and spine protruding, and she had overgrown hooves.

“The pony was not microchipped and locals say they haven’t seen her in the area before.”

Shape Created with Sketch. UK news in pictures

Show all 50

left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch.

Shape Created with Sketch. UK news in pictures

1/50 14 February 2020

Climate change protesters march through Whitehall, London

PA

2/50 13 February 2020

Resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr Javid’s departure comes just one month before a crucial budget, intended to chart the course for the new government – and makes him the shortest-serving chancellor for more than 50 years

EPA

3/50 12 February 2020

Hill farmer Tommy Aitchison from North Shortcleugh farm feeds his sheep in Elvanfoot, Scotland. A yellow warning for snow and ice remains in place across most of Scotland, police have reported a number of crashes across the region with many routes affected by snow and ice

Getty

4/50 11 February 2020

Robyn Peoples, left, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, at the Loughshore Hotel, in Carrickfergus, after they became the first couple to have a same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

PA

5/50 10 February 2020

Waves crash over a lorry on Blackpool waterfront as weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have been issued across large parts of the country. A day after the UK is trying to recover from the battering from Storm Ciara

PA

6/50 9 February 2020

Residents attempt to remove water from their property as the streets flood in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK

PA

7/50 8 February 2020

England’s Ellis Genge celebrates scoring the first try of their Six Nations match against Scotland with teammates. The weather at Murrayfield Stadium hampered the playing conditions, with winds and rain from Storm Ciara approaching the UK. The away side won the match late on, with the scoreline ending 6-13

Reuters

8/50 7 February 2020

Activists surround a wooden trojan horse in the courtyard of the British Museum in London. The horse, which is 4 metres tall and can seat 10 people inside, was pulled in by a group of supporters with flags reading “BP Must Fall”

BP or not BP/PA

9/50 6 February 2020

Members of the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme team examine a dead whale that died after becoming stranded in the Thames estuary at Medway over the weekend

PA

10/50 5 February 2020

Children from Oaklands Secondary School in Bethnal Green and Families Belong Together campaigners in Westminster before handing a petition in to the Home Office, as they call on the government to amend the UK’s refugee family reunion laws

PA

11/50 4 February 2020

Rasputin the polar bear, shakes off water as he is unveiled at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster

PA

12/50 3 February 2020

Police activity inside a cordon where a man was shot by armed police in a terrorist-related incident in Streatham, London

EPA

13/50 2 February 2020

Micheal Ward with his Rising Star Award alongside Daniel Kaluuya Baftas

Reuters

14/50 1 February 2020

Activists attend an anti-Conservative government, pro-Scottish independence, and anti-Brexit demonstration outside Holyrood, the seat of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

AFP/Getty

15/50 31 January 2020

Pro EU supporters display a banner ‘ Here to Stay, Here to Fight, Migrants In, Tories Out’ from Westminster bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament in London. Britain officially exits the EU on 31 January, beginning an eleven month transition period

EPA

16/50 30 January 2020

Kiko the 2-year-old British Bulldog skateboarding with his owner, Ebel Perez, from Shiremoor, North Tyneside

PA

17/50 29 January 2020

British MEP’s and their assistants along with members of the political group Socialist and Democrats at a ceremony prior to the vote on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at the European Parliament in Brussels

AP

18/50 28 January 2020

Torches are lit using a flare ahead of the Up Helly Aa Viking festival. Originating in the 1880s, the festival celebrates Shetland’s Norse heritage

PA

19/50 27 January 2020

England bowler Mark Wood is lifted aloft by Joe Root after taking the final wicket of South Africa to win the match and series during day four of the Fourth Test at Wanderers in Johannesburg

Getty

20/50 26 January 2020

Performers taking part in a parade involving costumes, lion dances and floats, during Chinese New Year celebrations in central London, which marks the Year of the Rat

PA

21/50 25 January 2020

A couple walks along the Basingstoke canal near to Dogmersfield in Hampshire

PA

22/50 24 January 2020

Boris Johnson gestures as he watches a performance during celebrations for Chinese Lunar New Year at Downing Street in London

Reuters

23/50 23 January 2020

Gabriella Zaghari-Ratcliffe stands next to her father Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and his mother Barbara, as they address the media in Downing Street following a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

PA

24/50 22 January 2020

Rosa Connolly takes a close look during a preview of the Tyrannosaurs exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

PA

25/50 21 January 2020

The sun sets behind tower cranes and the London skyline in the city financial district

PA

26/50 20 January 2020

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson as they attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit at the Intercontinental Hotel in London. Johnson is hosting African leaders and senior government representatives along with British and African businesses during the UK-Africa Investment Summit, aimed at strengthening the UKs economic partnership with African nations

Getty

27/50 19 January 2020

Joe Root celebrates with his England team mates after taking the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen during day four of the third Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth. He took a career-best four wickets during the day’s play, which saw the home side follow on in their second innings. They trail England by 188 runs going into day five

Getty

28/50 18 January 2020

Drag queens pose on the pink carpet as they participate in the “Queen’s Walk” during RuPaul’s DragCon UK at Kensington Olympia

AFP via Getty

29/50 17 January 2020

Kitty Ross, curator of social history, is pictured reflected in a display cabinet while holding a skeleton violin from the 1880s that forms part of the Sounds of our City exhibition at the Abbey House Museum in Leeds

PA

30/50 16 January 2020

Britain’s Harry, Duke of Sussex (C), hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, 16 Ja​nuary 2020. The Duke, who is expected to step back from senior Royal duties, spoke with Ruby League ambassadors and children from St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School in London

EPA

31/50 15 January 2020

Vehicles negotiate the flooded B4069 road at Christian Malford in Wiltshire after the river Avon burst its banks

PA

32/50 14 January 2020

Huge waves hit the sea wall in Porthcawl, Wales, as gales of up to 80mph from Storm Brendan caused disruption around the UK

PA

33/50 13 January 2020

Puppeteers from Vision Mechanic rehearsing with Scotland’s largest puppet, a ten-metre tall sea goddess called Storm, in the grounds of the Museum of Flight, East Lothian. Made entirely from recycled materials, it was unveiled ahead of its debut at the Celtic Connections Costal Day celebrations in Glasgow this weekend

PA

34/50 12 January 2020

A windsurfer jumps in the air after hitting a wave in the sea off of West Wittering beach in West Sussex

PA

35/50 11 January 2020

Mikuru Suzuki celebrates winning the women’s championship of the BDO World Professional Darts Championships 2020 in London

PA

36/50 10 January 2020

One of seven new lion cubs at the West Midlands Safari Park in Kidderminster

PA

37/50 9 January 2020

Rawson Robinson, from Nenthead, on the Cumbria and Northumberland border clears snow from the model village he has built in his garden

PA

38/50 8 January 2020

People read messages written on the David Bowie mural in Brixton, south London, on what would have been the singer’s 73rd birthday

PA

39/50 7 January 2020

England’s Stuart Broad celebrates with teammate Ben Stokes after the dismissal of South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen during the fifth day of the second Test cricket match in Cape Town. Stokes claimed the last three wickets in the space of 14 deliveries to wrap up a 189-run win

AFP via Getty

40/50 6 January 2020

Protesters in London take part in a demonstration in support of a British woman found guilty of lying about being gang raped in Cyprus

AP

41/50 5 January 2020

Protesters demonstrate outside the US Embassy in London, after America killed Iran’s general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport

PA

42/50 4 January 2020

Metropolitan police cordon off Charteris Road close to the junction with Lennox Road in Finsbury Park in north London, after a man was stabbed to death on Friday evening, the first murder in London in 2020

PA

43/50 3 January 2020

Protesters, holding a photograph of the leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran Massoud Rajavi, outside Downing Street in London after the US killed General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport. Soleimani was head of Tehran’s elite Quds Force and Iran’s top general

PA

44/50 2 January 2020

A keeper counts squirrel-monkeys at London Zoo during the annual stocktake. Caring for more than 500 different species, ZSL London Zoo’s keepers face the challenging task of tallying up every mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate at the Zoo

AP

45/50 1 January 2020

Peter Wright celebrates winning with the Sid Waddell trophy at the Darts World Championships in London. He stunned Michael van Gerwen to clinch his first title 7-3

PA

46/50 31 December 2019

Surfers at Tynemouth on the north east coast

PA

47/50 30 December 2019

Deer graze in the morning mist as cyclists ride by in Richmond Park, London

Reuters

48/50 29 December 2019

Night sky after the sunset at Whitley Bay in Northumberland

PA

49/50 28 December 2019

The Harlequins players arrive at the stadium prior to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Big Game 12 match between Harlequins and Leicester Tigers at Twickenahm Stadium

Getty Images for Harlequins

50/50 27 December 2019

A car drives through floodwater near Harbridge, north of Ringwood in Hampshire, after the river Avon burst its banks

PA

1/50 14 February 2020

Climate change protesters march through Whitehall, London

PA

2/50 13 February 2020

Resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer. Mr Javid’s departure comes just one month before a crucial budget, intended to chart the course for the new government – and makes him the shortest-serving chancellor for more than 50 years

EPA

3/50 12 February 2020

Hill farmer Tommy Aitchison from North Shortcleugh farm feeds his sheep in Elvanfoot, Scotland. A yellow warning for snow and ice remains in place across most of Scotland, police have reported a number of crashes across the region with many routes affected by snow and ice

Getty

4/50 11 February 2020

Robyn Peoples, left, 26, and Sharni Edwards, 27, at the Loughshore Hotel, in Carrickfergus, after they became the first couple to have a same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

PA

5/50 10 February 2020

Waves crash over a lorry on Blackpool waterfront as weather warnings for wind, snow and ice have been issued across large parts of the country. A day after the UK is trying to recover from the battering from Storm Ciara

PA

6/50 9 February 2020

Residents attempt to remove water from their property as the streets flood in Appleby-in-Westmorland, Cumbria, as Storm Ciara hits the UK

PA

7/50 8 February 2020

England’s Ellis Genge celebrates scoring the first try of their Six Nations match against Scotland with teammates. The weather at Murrayfield Stadium hampered the playing conditions, with winds and rain from Storm Ciara approaching the UK. The away side won the match late on, with the scoreline ending 6-13

Reuters

8/50 7 February 2020

Activists surround a wooden trojan horse in the courtyard of the British Museum in London. The horse, which is 4 metres tall and can seat 10 people inside, was pulled in by a group of supporters with flags reading “BP Must Fall”

BP or not BP/PA

9/50 6 February 2020

Members of the Cetacean Strandings Investigation Programme team examine a dead whale that died after becoming stranded in the Thames estuary at Medway over the weekend

PA

10/50 5 February 2020

Children from Oaklands Secondary School in Bethnal Green and Families Belong Together campaigners in Westminster before handing a petition in to the Home Office, as they call on the government to amend the UK’s refugee family reunion laws

PA

11/50 4 February 2020

Rasputin the polar bear, shakes off water as he is unveiled at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, Doncaster

PA

12/50 3 February 2020

Police activity inside a cordon where a man was shot by armed police in a terrorist-related incident in Streatham, London

EPA

13/50 2 February 2020

Micheal Ward with his Rising Star Award alongside Daniel Kaluuya Baftas

Reuters

14/50 1 February 2020

Activists attend an anti-Conservative government, pro-Scottish independence, and anti-Brexit demonstration outside Holyrood, the seat of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

AFP/Getty

15/50 31 January 2020

Pro EU supporters display a banner ‘ Here to Stay, Here to Fight, Migrants In, Tories Out’ from Westminster bridge in front of the Houses of Parliament in London. Britain officially exits the EU on 31 January, beginning an eleven month transition period

EPA

16/50 30 January 2020

Kiko the 2-year-old British Bulldog skateboarding with his owner, Ebel Perez, from Shiremoor, North Tyneside

PA

17/50 29 January 2020

British MEP’s and their assistants along with members of the political group Socialist and Democrats at a ceremony prior to the vote on the UK’s withdrawal from the EU at the European Parliament in Brussels

AP

18/50 28 January 2020

Torches are lit using a flare ahead of the Up Helly Aa Viking festival. Originating in the 1880s, the festival celebrates Shetland’s Norse heritage

PA

19/50 27 January 2020

England bowler Mark Wood is lifted aloft by Joe Root after taking the final wicket of South Africa to win the match and series during day four of the Fourth Test at Wanderers in Johannesburg

Getty

20/50 26 January 2020

Performers taking part in a parade involving costumes, lion dances and floats, during Chinese New Year celebrations in central London, which marks the Year of the Rat

PA

21/50 25 January 2020

A couple walks along the Basingstoke canal near to Dogmersfield in Hampshire

PA

22/50 24 January 2020

Boris Johnson gestures as he watches a performance during celebrations for Chinese Lunar New Year at Downing Street in London

Reuters

23/50 23 January 2020

Gabriella Zaghari-Ratcliffe stands next to her father Richard Ratcliffe, the husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and his mother Barbara, as they address the media in Downing Street following a meeting with Prime Minister Boris Johnson

PA

24/50 22 January 2020

Rosa Connolly takes a close look during a preview of the Tyrannosaurs exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

PA

25/50 21 January 2020

The sun sets behind tower cranes and the London skyline in the city financial district

PA

26/50 20 January 2020

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, speaks with Prime Minister Boris Johnson as they attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit at the Intercontinental Hotel in London. Johnson is hosting African leaders and senior government representatives along with British and African businesses during the UK-Africa Investment Summit, aimed at strengthening the UKs economic partnership with African nations

Getty

27/50 19 January 2020

Joe Root celebrates with his England team mates after taking the wicket of Rassie van der Dussen during day four of the third Test against South Africa in Port Elizabeth. He took a career-best four wickets during the day’s play, which saw the home side follow on in their second innings. They trail England by 188 runs going into day five

Getty

28/50 18 January 2020

Drag queens pose on the pink carpet as they participate in the “Queen’s Walk” during RuPaul’s DragCon UK at Kensington Olympia

AFP via Getty

29/50 17 January 2020

Kitty Ross, curator of social history, is pictured reflected in a display cabinet while holding a skeleton violin from the 1880s that forms part of the Sounds of our City exhibition at the Abbey House Museum in Leeds

PA

30/50 16 January 2020

Britain’s Harry, Duke of Sussex (C), hosts the Rugby League World Cup 2021 draw in the gardens of Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, 16 Ja​nuary 2020. The Duke, who is expected to step back from senior Royal duties, spoke with Ruby League ambassadors and children from St Vincent de Paul Catholic Primary School in London

EPA

31/50 15 January 2020

Vehicles negotiate the flooded B4069 road at Christian Malford in Wiltshire after the river Avon burst its banks

PA

32/50 14 January 2020

Huge waves hit the sea wall in Porthcawl, Wales, as gales of up to 80mph from Storm Brendan caused disruption around the UK

PA

33/50 13 January 2020

Puppeteers from Vision Mechanic rehearsing with Scotland’s largest puppet, a ten-metre tall sea goddess called Storm, in the grounds of the Museum of Flight, East Lothian. Made entirely from recycled materials, it was unveiled ahead of its debut at the Celtic Connections Costal Day celebrations in Glasgow this weekend

PA

34/50 12 January 2020

A windsurfer jumps in the air after hitting a wave in the sea off of West Wittering beach in West Sussex

PA

35/50 11 January 2020

Mikuru Suzuki celebrates winning the women’s championship of the BDO World Professional Darts Championships 2020 in London

PA

36/50 10 January 2020

One of seven new lion cubs at the West Midlands Safari Park in Kidderminster

PA

37/50 9 January 2020

Rawson Robinson, from Nenthead, on the Cumbria and Northumberland border clears snow from the model village he has built in his garden

PA

38/50 8 January 2020

People read messages written on the David Bowie mural in Brixton, south London, on what would have been the singer’s 73rd birthday

PA

39/50 7 January 2020

England’s Stuart Broad celebrates with teammate Ben Stokes after the dismissal of South Africa’s Rassie van der Dussen during the fifth day of the second Test cricket match in Cape Town. Stokes claimed the last three wickets in the space of 14 deliveries to wrap up a 189-run win

AFP via Getty

40/50 6 January 2020

Protesters in London take part in a demonstration in support of a British woman found guilty of lying about being gang raped in Cyprus

AP

41/50 5 January 2020

Protesters demonstrate outside the US Embassy in London, after America killed Iran’s general Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport

PA

42/50 4 January 2020

Metropolitan police cordon off Charteris Road close to the junction with Lennox Road in Finsbury Park in north London, after a man was stabbed to death on Friday evening, the first murder in London in 2020

PA

43/50 3 January 2020

Protesters, holding a photograph of the leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran Massoud Rajavi, outside Downing Street in London after the US killed General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad’s international airport. Soleimani was head of Tehran’s elite Quds Force and Iran’s top general

PA

44/50 2 January 2020

A keeper counts squirrel-monkeys at London Zoo during the annual stocktake. Caring for more than 500 different species, ZSL London Zoo’s keepers face the challenging task of tallying up every mammal, bird, reptile, fish and invertebrate at the Zoo

AP

45/50 1 January 2020

Peter Wright celebrates winning with the Sid Waddell trophy at the Darts World Championships in London. He stunned Michael van Gerwen to clinch his first title 7-3

PA

46/50 31 December 2019

Surfers at Tynemouth on the north east coast

PA

47/50 30 December 2019

Deer graze in the morning mist as cyclists ride by in Richmond Park, London

Reuters

48/50 29 December 2019

Night sky after the sunset at Whitley Bay in Northumberland

PA

49/50 28 December 2019

The Harlequins players arrive at the stadium prior to the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Big Game 12 match between Harlequins and Leicester Tigers at Twickenahm Stadium

Getty Images for Harlequins

50/50 27 December 2019

A car drives through floodwater near Harbridge, north of Ringwood in Hampshire, after the river Avon burst its banks

PA

She added: “It’s unclear what caused her death, but we suspect her body was driven to the location on a trailer or truck by those responsible who then tied rope from her legs to the lamppost, before driving away, dragging her body out of the vehicle onto the floor.

“It’s incredibly sad to think someone not only let her get into a poor state of health, but then dumped her body for somebody else to deal with in such a public place, it’s hugely irresponsible.

“I’m keen to find out more about this poor pony – how her body came to be dumped here, and who owns her and allowed her to get into such a poor state of health.

“Anyone with information can contact me in complete confidence on our inspector appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018.”

The charity said it was not uncommon for its workers to be called to look after gravely ill, abandoned horses, and dumped dead horses.

Independent news email

Only the best news in your inbox

An RSPCA spokesperson added: “The country has been in the grip of an ongoing horses crisis for several years, thought to be caused by the recession, over-breeding, the high costs of vet bills, the rising cost of hay and falling prices for horses.

“Last year, the RSPCA took in more than 820 horses in addition to those already in its care and received more than 20,000 calls to the emergency line about horses alone.”

SWNS

Tom Hitchenor The Independent

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *