A Farningham woman is "disgusted" and "upset" after a dead horse was dumped outside her home.

Charlotte Watson, 40, of Maplescombe Lane, came across the dead foal this morning.

She says a number of horses have been dumped near her home in the last year.

She told News Shopper: "I keep getting horses dumped in my road.

"This foal was probably about seven or eight months old.

"This is happening way to often in this area and surrounding areas. I am disgusted and upset.

"I've reported it to police and RSPCA.

"It's terrible for people who have to suffer the consequences of other people's bad behaviour and is very upsetting for families with young children.

"The people who do this are obviously very cold hearted and callous.

"Nobody seems to want to help when this does happen.

"The last horse dumped in our road was left there for 10 days before being removed."

A RSPCA spokeswoman said: "The RSPCA shares concerns about the dead horse found in Maplescombe Lane, Farningham near Dartford.

"It has been reported to us and we have been to have a look but it is unclear what caused the animal to die. 

"It is very worrying to think about the potential welfare issues which may have led to this death and we would urge anyone with information about this to share it with us on 0300 1234 999.

"Sadly situations like this are not uncommon.

"The country is currently in the grip of a horse crisis with the RSPCA and other horse welfare charities struggling to cope with the numbers of abandoned, neglected and abused horses.

"We are stretched to breaking point with about 125 places at our equine centres but more than 800 horses in our care."

A police spokesman said: "We were advised of the animal and the highways authorities were informed but there was no requirement for police attendance."