Dying horse found collapsed in a Hailsham field

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The RSPCA are appealing for information after a starving horse was found collapsed in a field at Hailsham.

RSPCA, the Fire and Rescue Service and a vet worked tirelessly to rescue the stricken young horse found in a ‘terrible condition’ – but sadly the pony had to be put to sleep.

The animal was found in a field off Mill Road on January 31, collapsed on the ground, emaciated and unable to stand unaided.

“This was a sad and tragic incident,” said RSPCA inspector Zoe Ballard, who took part in the rescue.

“The poor horse was a in a real state. It is unacceptable that someone would allow their animal to get into this condition without seeking help.”

Thanks to the efforts of the RSPCA and the local Fire Service, the horse was rescued from the field but sadly had to be put to sleep shortly after on veterinary advice.

The pony was thought to be a young Piebald colt, less than a year old and around 12 hands.

The RSPCA is appealing for information about this young pony and how it came to be in this situation.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018. Calls will be treated in confidence.

To help the RSPCA investigate incidents like this, you can give £3 now by texting HELP to 78866 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).