Thousands of Facebook users have joined a campaign to save a group of horses ‘left to die’ in a flooded field.
More than 30,000 people have joined the group set up by a concerned animal lover who posted a picture of an abandoned horse lying in flood water in Fosse Park, Leicester.
They want the RSPCA to take action against the owner who, according to the Daily Mail, grazes the horses on the land before selling them abroad to be slaughtered for food.
Farrier Mark Johnson, 51, was driving past the field with his son, Harry, 20, when he saw the neglected animal lying helplessly on the ground.
RSPCA officials later put the horse down to ‘put it out of its misery’, according to the Leicster Mercury.
The pair also found a badly decomposed body of another horse in the paddock situated beside a busy road.
‘I clocked what I thought was a horse lying down in the field and I thought that would be really exceptional because they would normally try and stay on their feet,’ explained Mr Johnson.
‘But when I got closer I realised it was the decomposing corpse, it was awful. It was just left there, rotting away.
‘Then I saw another horse, a foal, lying down at the end of the field by the water line, we tried for a while to get [him] up and out but [he] was just too exhausted.’
The RSPCA said the horses had dry land to walk on and hay to eat. A vet also ruled there was ‘no clear evidence’ that the horses were suffering unnecessarily.
A police spokeswoman said: ‘We have spoken to the owner of the horses and are satisfied that no criminal offences have been committed.’
The RSPCA said it has been inundated with calls from the people concerned about animals caught up in the recent bad weather.