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Dying horse abandoned in Odiham field

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Dying horse abandoned in Odiham field

Published at 5:23pm 19th December 2018.

A young horse has died after being left in a "shocking state" in a field in Odiham.

The RSPCA are appealing for information after the colt, named Noel by rescuers, was abandoned and discovered by a member of the public. 

The animal, thought to be just a few months old, when he was found last Tuesday (December 11) behind the Odiham Health Centre. 

He was found in a collapsed state and wearing a pendant on a cord around his neck, inscribed with latin which translates as ‘May we be strengthened by his presence in the hour of our death’.

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The young horse was wearing this pendant around his neck.

RSPCA inspector Harriet Maund, who is investigating for the animal welfare charity, said:

“When he was found he was down on the ground and unable to get up. He was extremely underweight, bloods tests discovered he had a high worm burden.

“Unfortunately, despite the efforts of vets, little Noel passed away overnight on Sunday 16 December. He seemed to improve at first, but he was still so weak and his body just couldn't cope.

“We’re hoping someone out there will know more and contact us on 0300 123 8018. There is never an excuse for simply abandoning an animal in their moment of need. This was a heartless and callous act carried out without a thought for the welfare of this horse."

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Little Noel passed away on Sunday as his body couldn't cope.

The young horse, who didn’t have a microchip, is just one of the latest victims of the ongoing equine crisis that has seen the RSPCA and other animal charities facing rising numbers of horses in desperate need of help.

RSPCA staff will be busy caring for hundreds of horses this Christmas as the charity prepares to take in more equines than ever before.