Dead horse 'left to rot' in Belvedere

The horse had to be put down early yesterday morning.

The horse had to be put down early yesterday morning.

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A Belvedere carer claims a dead horse was "left to rot" in an alleyway behind her home after being put down by vets.

Police were called to reports of the brown female animal wandering loose around Mitchell Close at around 11.40pm on Saturday.

The horse then collapsed and a vet put the animal to sleep but rather than removing the body, left it to decompose for more than 40 hours.

Sheralee Williams, 34, told News Shopper: "I am actually disgusted with the council.

"It's not a cat or a dog, it's a big animal and they just left it there to rot.

"Where I live is known for rats and I have got children playing in my garden.

"I feel heartbroken for the horse but I also feel angry at the council for leaving it there - it's ridiculous."

Mrs Williams, who works as a carer for the elderly, says she was afraid to let her daughters Honey, two, and six-year-old Poppy, play in the back garden of their three-bedroom terraced home just yards from the corpse.

The body remained slumped by a tree until it was removed in an area where horses owned by gypsies and travellers can often be seen grazing.

Mrs Williams said: "It fell underneath a tree and it had millions of flies around it.

"The owner could be out there wanting to know where it is."

A Bexley Council spokesman said: “We received a call from the police at 3.29 am on Sunday.

“A highway technician visited the site the same day. The animal was located in a private alleyway behind houses obstructed by household rubbish and the RSPCA were unable to assist the council with removal.

“Owing to the location and access problems, the council had to make arrangements with a specialist contractor with winching equipment.

"This was arranged and carried out on Monday.”

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7:50pm Mon 2 Jun 14

paulbexleyheath says...

maybe someone who lives???? opposite the barge poll has one horse missing .
maybe someone who lives???? opposite the barge poll has one horse missing . paulbexleyheath
  • Score: 9

8:48pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Mr Etips says...

"The owner could be out there wanting to know where it is."

I'm sure that those from the Belvedere/Scabbey Wood 'traveller' sites would know all the details. Not that they'd admit to it. They're too busy 'travelling'. I do believe the furthest they go these days is to the local offy/pub.

Maybe the police should ask the Saunders brothers.
"The owner could be out there wanting to know where it is." I'm sure that those from the Belvedere/Scabbey Wood 'traveller' sites would know all the details. Not that they'd admit to it. They're too busy 'travelling'. I do believe the furthest they go these days is to the local offy/pub. Maybe the police should ask the Saunders brothers. Mr Etips
  • Score: 8

11:49pm Mon 2 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

We are all rotting flesh meat,
We are all rotting flesh meat, white rabbit9
  • Score: 3

10:10am Tue 3 Jun 14

Anon159 says...

Well to be fair to the council, maybe the horse's owner should arrange its removal - rather than our council tax paying for it - wonder how much it costs? except hang on, the owner probably couldn't care less about the horse, given the state that most of them are in. and anyway apparently there were 2 dead horses to deal with yesterday - both of them near gypsy traveller sites - just a coincidence i'm sure. why don't the police and rspca intervene more?
Well to be fair to the council, maybe the horse's owner should arrange its removal - rather than our council tax paying for it - wonder how much it costs? except hang on, the owner probably couldn't care less about the horse, given the state that most of them are in. and anyway apparently there were 2 dead horses to deal with yesterday - both of them near gypsy traveller sites - just a coincidence i'm sure. why don't the police and rspca intervene more? Anon159
  • Score: 9

10:55am Tue 3 Jun 14

white rabbit9 says...

One thing that doesn't rot is DEBT! That's never going away, making it very unnatural.
One thing that doesn't rot is DEBT! That's never going away, making it very unnatural. white rabbit9
  • Score: -3

11:07am Tue 3 Jun 14

highway warrior says...

So it's on private land in an inaccesible alleyway.
Yeah lets all blame the council who foot the bill for the removal.
It takes specialist equipment to remove such a large animal and dispose of correctly and dignified.
So it's on private land in an inaccesible alleyway. Yeah lets all blame the council who foot the bill for the removal. It takes specialist equipment to remove such a large animal and dispose of correctly and dignified. highway warrior
  • Score: 5

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