Page last updated at 07:32 GMT, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 08:32 UK

Horse tied up and dumped in lane

A horse had to be put down after it was discovered tied up and dumped in a Kent village lane.

The black and white horse was found by a member of the public in Shellbank Lane, Bean, early on Monday. Police believe it was dumped during the dark.

Its hind legs were bound and tied to a fence and a large blue tarpaulin had been tied around its middle. Police said it was also severely emaciated.

Officers called out a vet who had to humanely destroy the animal.

Pcs Dionne Ridley and Lee Thompson, who were called to the scene, said they were both "sickened".

"The animal was clearly distressed and in a very bad way. I can't believe anyone would be so cruel," Pc Ridley said.

Anyone who saw someone acting suspiciously in the area overnight or have information which could help identify those responsible is asked to call the RSPCA or Crimestoppers.


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