RSPCA: Maggot Covered Horse Was “Too For Gone” To Be Saved

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The RSPCA have revealed that after discovering a neglected horse in Wingate, County Durham, they were unable to save it after they revealed that the pony had suffered extensive wounds that had become infected with a large number of maggots.

The condition of the blue-eyed skewbald has been described as “the worst equine case” that inspector Nick Jones has ever seen, revealing that the horse had a number of wounds that were left untreated and had become riddled with maggots.

This is as bad as it gets.

Hand on heart this is the worst equine case I’ve ever seen.

The right hand side of the pony looked atrocious with a three-inch-thick line of maggots running the length of the neck.

There were so many you could hear them. It sounded like the popping of a fizzy drink. It was grotesque.

Nick Jones, RSPCA Inspector

According to information available about the case, the RSPCA were made aware of the equine after a member of the public contacted the British Horse Society (BHS), who in turn called the RSPCA to relay the details about the two-year-old cob.

WARNING: See graphic image of pony’s injuries

While the RSPCA attend animal negligence cases almost daily, Jones revealed that it was like nothing that he had witnessed before.

Even as an inspector who deals with neglect caes every day, this was devastating to see. The poor pony was on his feet when I arrived but he was in such a bad way.

The young pony was then taken to the BHS stables following veterinary treatment to the open wounds, however, the condition of the horse was so bad that recovery was a distant hope and unfortunately the pony was unable to recover.

Jones told how the longstanding effects of the condition of the horse made it impossible for the young pony to regain its health and while they were unsure how the injuries occurred, the RSPCA could clearly see that the horse had been “severely neglected”.

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