THE body of a horse was dumped in a village last week and discovered by a passer-by.
The corpse of the bay-coloured mare was found covered by a tarpaulin in Bedmond Lane, Abbots Langley, at around 3.45pm on Monday afternoon.
Believed to be a thoroughbred, the horse was around 15 to 16 hands high, very thin and had diarrhoea on her tail and back legs.
RSPCA animal welfare officer Kate Wright said: “We are appealing to anyone who may have any information as to who has dumped this poor horse and why.
“She was wearing a blue head collar and there is evidence that she had previously been shod.
“I believe the horse was an older mare probably 10 years plus and I think she was probably dumped after she died. I would appeal to anyone who has any information regarding this horse, or who may know who the owner is to come forward.
“Someone may have also seen people acting suspiciously in the area. Anyone with information is urged to call the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.”