Dismembered remains of horse found near railway tracks in Bursledon near Southampton

The RSPCA is investigating after the dismembered remains of a horse were found near railway tracks at Bursledon

The RSPCA is investigating after the dismembered remains of a horse were found near railway tracks at Bursledon

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE butchered remains of horse were found dumped in bags next to train tracks near Southampton.

The gruesome discovery of the animal’s head, torso and legs was made by railway maintenance workers close to Salterns Lane, Bursledon.

Part of the torso had been stripped of flesh.

The RSPCA is investigating and described it as the worst case it had seen.

Inspector Penny Baker said there was no way of identifying the horse or determining the exact cause of death, or whether the animal had suffered, because of the state of the carcass.

She said: “We deal with a lot of reports of abandoned, neglected and emaciated horses, but this is horrific.

“I thought I had seen some horrible sights in my time as an inspector, but this is by far the worst. It is an all time low.”

The incident comes as the charity is dealing with an increasing number of horses going into care and being abandoned as some owners struggle to afford to keep them.

Inspector Baker added: “The cost of disposing of a dead horse is not cheap, and it seems some people are just dumping their animals rather than paying anything.”

The discovery was made on Tuesday morning.

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12:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

Maybe it had been hit by a train?
Maybe it had been hit by a train? Brite Spark
  • Score: -12

1:26pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Maybe it had been hit by a train?
what do train drivers carry bags now
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Maybe it had been hit by a train?[/p][/quote]what do train drivers carry bags now mickey01
  • Score: 8

1:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

make sure you check the beef at tesco s
make sure you check the beef at tesco s mickey01
  • Score: -2

1:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Huey says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Maybe it had been hit by a train?
Sounds like tesco had the meat off it first
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Maybe it had been hit by a train?[/p][/quote]Sounds like tesco had the meat off it first Huey
  • Score: 2

1:28pm Fri 7 Mar 14

ToastyTea says...

What is it with some people, seem to be alot of animal cruelty cases recently, sickening and sad.
What is it with some people, seem to be alot of animal cruelty cases recently, sickening and sad. ToastyTea
  • Score: 10

1:28pm Fri 7 Mar 14

espanuel says...

And I suppose the driver got out with his Tesco bags and cleared the line.
And I suppose the driver got out with his Tesco bags and cleared the line. espanuel
  • Score: 3

1:31pm Fri 7 Mar 14

SaintAsh1964 says...

Brite Spark, you should change your name to dumb ar$e, how did it bag it's self up then?
More like illegal meat trade that has gone horribly wrong, lets hope the creature didn't suffer too much.
Brite Spark, you should change your name to dumb ar$e, how did it bag it's self up then? More like illegal meat trade that has gone horribly wrong, lets hope the creature didn't suffer too much. SaintAsh1964
  • Score: 5

1:49pm Fri 7 Mar 14

kiddynamite says...

gypsies no doubt!
gypsies no doubt! kiddynamite
  • Score: 1

1:57pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Niel says...

Was it fly-tipped along with a load of other rubbish? Are their any 'encampments' in the area? Have the rspca got a skilled butcher to comment?

Horse meat is quite acceptable in Europe, I've eaten it in France, but it's even more popular further East, IF it's been butchered for meat that might be a good place to start looking, though given the rspca's ineffectiveness at the various 'horse-fairs' it's probably not a route they'll want to explore...
Was it fly-tipped along with a load of other rubbish? Are their any 'encampments' in the area? Have the rspca got a skilled butcher to comment? Horse meat is quite acceptable in Europe, I've eaten it in France, but it's even more popular further East, IF it's been butchered for meat that might be a good place to start looking, though given the rspca's ineffectiveness at the various 'horse-fairs' it's probably not a route they'll want to explore... Niel
  • Score: 0

2:20pm Fri 7 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

ToastyTea wrote:
What is it with some people, seem to be alot of animal cruelty cases recently, sickening and sad.
They're being reported in the papers more. Doesn't mean they're happening more often.
[quote][p][bold]ToastyTea[/bold] wrote: What is it with some people, seem to be alot of animal cruelty cases recently, sickening and sad.[/p][/quote]They're being reported in the papers more. Doesn't mean they're happening more often. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 0

2:22pm Fri 7 Mar 14

gilbertratchet says...

mickey01 wrote:
Brite Spark wrote:
Maybe it had been hit by a train?
what do train drivers carry bags now
Your first mistake was assuming our befuddled friend above bothered to read the story.
[quote][p][bold]mickey01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: Maybe it had been hit by a train?[/p][/quote]what do train drivers carry bags now[/p][/quote]Your first mistake was assuming our befuddled friend above bothered to read the story. gilbertratchet
  • Score: 1

2:27pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Mr E says...

So....That nice piece of meat you bought of the dodgy looking bloke down the pub. Ever stop and wonder where it came from.
So....That nice piece of meat you bought of the dodgy looking bloke down the pub. Ever stop and wonder where it came from. Mr E
  • Score: -5

2:59pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Brite Spark says...

Perhaps it should have used the zebra crossing.
Perhaps it should have used the zebra crossing. Brite Spark
  • Score: -7

3:29pm Fri 7 Mar 14

bigfella777 says...

Romanians
Romanians bigfella777
  • Score: -2

8:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Sir Ad E Noid says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Romanians
Possible.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Romanians[/p][/quote]Possible. Sir Ad E Noid
  • Score: -1

8:58pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

i suspect foal play
i suspect foal play mickey01
  • Score: 1

9:03pm Fri 7 Mar 14

derek james says...

let it be a warning to those thinking of buying a horse, they can live to 25-30 years but you may not be able to ride it after 15-20 years so it still has to fed etc.far cheaper to kill it and dispose of the remains in the manner described in this articlle, tell little cynthia it's gone to heaven!
let it be a warning to those thinking of buying a horse, they can live to 25-30 years but you may not be able to ride it after 15-20 years so it still has to fed etc.far cheaper to kill it and dispose of the remains in the manner described in this articlle, tell little cynthia it's gone to heaven! derek james
  • Score: 0

3:11am Sat 8 Mar 14

Mary80 says...

Maybe people should do research and not impulse buy pets as some can live longer than you may be able to afford. Some are just lazy and buy them for their kids so when the kids get bored when the novelty wears off you get stuck paying and looking after an animal that possibly lives for 5 to 10 years. We should be teaching people to be responsible i mean i spent many weeks weighing the pros and cons on whether to buy a hamster, and as soon as that hamster set 4 feet in my flat i was commited to looking after it, no matter what happens. Its like bearded dragons sure they look small and cute in the pet shop but unless you do research you would never know they can grow as big as a small dog.

There should be more education about pets because its not fair on the animal to be happy then bam oh my owners got bored so killed me
Maybe people should do research and not impulse buy pets as some can live longer than you may be able to afford. Some are just lazy and buy them for their kids so when the kids get bored when the novelty wears off you get stuck paying and looking after an animal that possibly lives for 5 to 10 years. We should be teaching people to be responsible i mean i spent many weeks weighing the pros and cons on whether to buy a hamster, and as soon as that hamster set 4 feet in my flat i was commited to looking after it, no matter what happens. Its like bearded dragons sure they look small and cute in the pet shop but unless you do research you would never know they can grow as big as a small dog. There should be more education about pets because its not fair on the animal to be happy then bam oh my owners got bored so killed me Mary80
  • Score: 0

9:03pm Sat 8 Mar 14

issacchunt says...

Suicide I guess?
Suicide I guess? issacchunt
  • Score: 1

9:04am Sun 9 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

issacchunt wrote:
Suicide I guess?
upset as never got picked for cheltenham
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Suicide I guess?[/p][/quote]upset as never got picked for cheltenham mickey01
  • Score: 0

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