Dumped dead foal left to rot

The body of a dead foal has been dumped in woodland,  in a field off Park Road, Billinge

The body of a dead foal has been dumped in woodland, in a field off Park Road, Billinge

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A YOUNG horse’s body has been callously left to rot at a Wigan beauty spot.

Residents of Park Road, Billinge, were left horrified after finding the corpse of the foal last Friday at the side of a public footpath.

When I found the foal I immediately knew it was a girl, she was only a few days old and it’s really touched a nerve with me. The poor little thing had just been left to rot

Zoe Ball

The tragic animal appears simply to have been dumped there by its owner.

And the horse’s remains stayed there for at least five days amid disputes as to whose responsibility it was to remove it.

Resident, dressage champion and horse owner Zoe Ball was left sickened by the incident.

The 29-year-old, who’s horse Beau lives in a farm not far from the scene, said: “Having a horse myself, it’s just left me disgusted by how long it took to remove the poor foal’s body.

“When I found the foal I immediately knew it was a girl, she was only a few days old and it’s really touched a nerve with me. The poor little thing had just been left to rot.

“I rang the council immediately to report it but I was just told from a member of staff that it wasn’t their problem.

“So I called the RSPCA and just got the same answer. It was ridiculous, somebody should take responsibility for this, despite the circumstances.

“It then became an environmental health issue as the body had begun to rot there were flies and maggots surrounding it.

“It was just awful for everybody passing or living nearby and so distressing to see.

“The horses on the farm nearby were so distressed because of the smell, it was so strong.

“And not only that, there are lots of young children who live around there who will have been exposed to that as it’s right next to a public footpath.”

It can cost hundreds of pounds to have a carcass removed.

But council officials have since removed the foal and have stated the animal was in a severe state of decay and may have been lay there for some time.

Paul Barton, Wigan Council’s assistant director for operating services, said: “We have collected the foal’s carcass in the interests of public safety and will make arrangements to dispose of it.”