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Last Updated: Wednesday, 19 September 2007, 16:27 GMT 17:27 UK
Horse put down after road crash
A horse has had to be put down after it was involved in a suspected road accident in the Black Country.

RSPCA officials were called to the site in Bryce Road, Brierley Hill, on Tuesday morning where they found the injured horse.

It later had to be put down. Vets said the horse could have been struck by a large vehicle, possibly a lorry.

Owners have been warned to keep their animals in secured fields to prevent similar accidents.

RSPCA officials said the horse, aged about two years, may have been blinded in the accident and it had many broken teeth.

RSPCA inspector Martin Dolan said: "Tragedies such as this are avoidable.

"It is entirely the responsibility of every horse owner to ensure their animals are kept securely.

"The problem with straying horses roaming freely is notorious in the West Midlands and working together with the police and local authorities we are planning to tackle this serious issue."

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