Concerns as dead horse found behind houses in Stapleford
The RSPCA are investigating and police have been called after a dead horse was find in a dyke close to houses.
The animal was discovered in a ditch in a field behind Talbot Drive, Stapleford, on Sunday morning.
Local residents gathered at the scene and have raised concerns about the welfare of three other horses on the nearby field.
But the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) has attended and inspectors say the other horses appear healthy.
Councillor Richard MacRae, who represents Stapleford North on Stapleford Town Council and Broxtowe Borough Council, had to gain access to the dyke via a resident’s back garden.
He said: “I was made aware of the dead horse earlier and came straight down.
“After searching around it was found in the dyke at the back of Talbot Drive.
“Many residents came out and spoke to me and raised concerns about the state of the field.
“One of the four horses kept there is now dead. The field is constantly flooded and in no way should it be being used to keep horses.
“I have made the RSPCA and the police aware. Hopefully the RSPCA will come out as soon as possible to remove the dead horse.”
Nottinghamshire Police have confirmed they are aware of the incident.
A force spokesman said: “We did receive a call this morning to say there was a dead horse in a dyke at the rear of an address in Talbot Drive, Stapleford.
“We have sent one of our local police community support officers (PCSOs) out to it.
“We have spoken to local residents who say it appears there are three living horses still in the field and it’s alleged that they have been there well over a month without anybody coming or going to them.
“We don’t actually know how long the horse has been deceased for.
“We have referred this to the RSPCA to come out and look at the living horses and then work out what is going to happen to the deceased horse.”
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said: “The RSPCA was alerted to a dead horse in a field off Talbot Drive, in Stapleford, earlier today Sunday, February 18.
“An RSPCA inspector has attended and is looking into what has happened. We’d like to reassure people that the three remaining horses in the field have all been checked over and all appear to be healthy.
“Until we have spoken to the owner of the horses, it would not be appropriate to comment further at the moment.”
It is not the first case of reports of dead horses being discovered locally in recent months.
In November, a colt was dumped with rubbish in Shirebrook, and the body of a horse as found at the entrance of Watchwood car park, off Gravelly Hollow in Calverton in January.