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16 April 2012, 12:01 | Updated: 16 April 2012, 12:08
The RSPCA have started an investigation after a horse's body was found dumped next to a country lane in Hertfordshire.
The discovery was made by a passer-by on Bedmond Lane between St Albans and Hemel Hempstead at 3.45pm on Easter Monday 9 April 2012. The body was covered in a tarpaulin.
The bay-coloured mare was around 15 hands tall, and believed to be a thoroughbred. She was very thin and had scouring (diarrhoea) on her tail and back legs.
RSPCA animal welfare officer (AWO) Kate Wright said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have any information as to who has dumped this poor horse and why.
"She was wearing a blue head collar and there is evidence that she had previously been shod.
"I believe the horse was an older mare probably 10 years plus and I think she was probably dumped after she died.
"I would appeal to anyone who has any information regarding this horse, or who may know who the owner is to come forward. Someone may have also seen people acting suspiciously in the area prior to the body being dumped.
Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.