A dead pony found dumped by a roadside has prompted calls for a clampdown against animal abusers.
Dan Smith, 26, was stunned to come across the young horse on a quiet lane near Pucklechurch, South Gloucestershire.
He said: “I was just gutted at the fact that someone has put the time and the money into the horse to look after it and then for someone to throw it on the side of the road like a bit of rubbish, it’s a bit gutting.”
Mr Smith, of Emersons Green, fears the horse’s demise marks the most recent case of animal cruelty in the Bristol area.
It comes after a family were devastated to receive footage of their cat with its head cut off.
Mr Smith said his partner, who keeps three horses, was alerted to the dead pony at around 8am this morning (September 29).
When Mr Smith went to investigate, he was so aghast at the sight of the cob he published pictures on social media to raise awareness among the local community.
He told Bristol Live: “You can’t go around dumping horses at the side of the road – they need to be disposed of properly.
“People like us spend hundreds and hundreds going about it the right way.”
Mr Smith said he contacted the RSPCA, who suggested getting in touch with South Gloucestershire Council.
The horse was removed at around 4pm, according to Mr Smith, who thought the animal must have been in good condition prior to its death.
He said: “It looks like it’s been really well cared for. It’s been shod and it’s a healthy weight and it was a stallion.”
But the Network Rail technician urged the authorities to step up their efforts to catch anyone guilty of animal cruelty.
He said: “In Bristol there has been so much lately with domestic animals being abused, I think the police need to do more to tackle it and prosecute those responsible.”
Within four hours of Mr Smith’s Facebook post being published it had been shared more than 1,000 times and generated more than 600 comments.
Police announced this evening that they have now arrested and released a man under investigation following the beheading of the cat.
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