Surrey

Foal dumped in Chertsey field 'was dragged by car'

A foal has died after it was tied to a car, dragged along and then dumped in a field in Surrey, the RSPCA has said.

The animal was found under tarpaulin which was covered with rocks and logs in Thameside, Chertsey, on Wednesday.

The foal's front legs were strapped together and the RSPCA said witnesses saw a black car drag the six-month-old animal 500m before it was abandoned.

The pony was alive when found but died shortly after. It was underweight, dehydrated and suffering from worms.

The RSPCA said its officers were originally alerted to a foal collapsed by the gate of a field near Chertsey lock.

But when they arrived the animal had vanished. Witnesses said they had seen two people in a car dragging the foal.

'Barely alive'

Insp Nicky Thorne, from the RSPCA, said when they eventually found the animal at the other end of the field under the plastic sheet she expected to find the animal dead.

She added: "As I pulled it back there was a pony, weak, barely alive and terrified, just dumped and left to die in the dark with his front legs strapped together and his head twisted around over its back."

Despite attempts to save the foal, it died a short while afterwards.

Insp Thorne said: "We have good reason to believe that had the foal not been moved it would probably still be alive."

The RSPCA is appealing for information.

Under the Animal Welfare Act, anyone found guilty of abandoning or neglecting an animal can face a fine of up to £20,000 or six months in prison.

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