Vets were forced to put down two abandoned young horses after they were discovered in a "horrific state" collapsed and dying in a country lane in Orpington.

RSPCA officers are appealing for information after the skewbald male pony, thought to be a yearling, and the four-month-old bay foal were found in Shoreham Lane on the evening of October 12.

Underweight and weak the pony had collapsed in the middle of the road.

Due to the pony's bad state the vet who attended was forced to put him down to end his suffering.

The foal was also extremely thin and had nasty infected leg wounds, thought to be caused by untreated dog bites.

He was taken to a vets where they attempted to treat him, but after he didn’t respond to treatment he also had to be put down to prevent further suffering.

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One of the abandoned horses discovered in Shoreham Lane.

RSPCA inspector Anthony Pulfer said the pony was one of the thinnest horses he'd ever seen.

He said: "He could be picked up with my hands he was so light, despite being 12 hands high.

"The foal was also in a terrible way. The infection on his legs had got right into his bones, resulting in a really nasty wound.

"They had obviously been neglected for quite some time - probably most of their lives as they were both so young."


Mr Pulfer added: "What makes this story even sadder for me is these short unhappy lives ended with them being callously dumped to suffer on their own in a remote lane."

Anyone with any information at all is urged to call us on 0300 123 8018.