Dumped horse had 15 open flesh wounds

The horse abandoned by a public footpath in Kent.
The horse abandoned by a public footpath in Kent.

A horse found collapsed beside a public footpath in England in the middle of the night appears to have been dumped by her owner because of her injuries.

The skewbald mare is thought to be about two-years-old. She was found on School Lane next to a public footpath in Swanley, Kenton, on February 13, just after midnight.

She was emaciated with hip bones, spine and ribs clearly visible. She had 15 open flesh wounds all over her body and a major wound on her right front leg. Some of the injuries were so deep that her bones were exposed. She also had a wound inside her mouth.

Firefighters were summoned to help lift her on to her feet and she was placed in a taped off area in a field. A vet was called and the horse’s wounds were cleaned and she was given some pain relief.

She was moved to a specialist equine vet who said the injuries were caused by irritation from rugs she had been wearing. Infection had set in and she euthanised on veterinary advice.

“The horse was very ill,” RSPCA inspector Rebecca London said. “I suspect someone dumped her there when they realised she was badly injured. The vet said she must have been sick for weeks.”


Anyone with information on who dumped the mare should call 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector London in confidence.


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3 thoughts on “Dumped horse had 15 open flesh wounds

  • February 15, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    cripes… at least someone cared at the very end.

  • February 16, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Geez ! Did they really need to have her put down ?? Would good food and nursing not have brought her back ? I have seen accidental open wounds, to the bone, recover to complete soundness amazingly well with the application of honey on the dressing. Or seeing how the RSPCA have squandered around £230,000 on a recent court case against a hunt, maybe they just didn’t want any expense to give the mare a fighting chance……


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