DONNA was out hacking on her horse on Thursday afternoon in the Bulphan area of Thurrock when she saw the horrific sight of a pony, mutilated beyond recognition in a ditch.
Donna was naturally upset but sadly not surprised. Over the past few years, Donna and other members of the horse community have known of reports of attacks from Romford, Hornchurch, Upminster, North Stifford, South Ockendon, Tilbury and Purfleet, to name just a few.
Donna contacted the police, who attended shortly afterwards. Essex Police confirmed with YT that they did attend and that no investigation (at this time) would be taking place.
As the horse was dead, the RSPCA, would not be attending. It is understood that a microchip has been removed from the horse to prevent it being traced back.
The next day (Friday), Donna contacted Thurrock Council, who dispatched an environmental health officer.
Donna has also liaised with Ockendon councillor, Lynn Carr. It is not cllr Carr’s ward but she has been at the forefront of campaigning for more robust investigation into attacks on horses.
As of Friday afternoon, cllr Carr informed YT that it seemed to be unclear whether the disposal of the horse could be a council matter or could be a highways responsibility.
Either way, cllr Carr is not happy.
She said: “It is fundamentally unfair for this poor animal to remain in a ditch, all weekend.
“Not only for itself but it is in public view and I would not like to see small children exposed to such a dreadful, dreadful sight.”
Update: By 6pm on Friday, the body of the pony had been taken away for burial.