Horse’s body removed from Sunderland field two days after death

Council workers and police officers at the field behind houses in Rhodesia Road after a dead horse was taken away.

Council workers and police officers at the field behind houses in Rhodesia Road after a dead horse was taken away.

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A DEAD horse has been removed from a field in Redhouse where its body is said to have been lying since Tuesday night.

The body was discovered on a grassed area behind houses in Rhodesia Road where a number of horses are tethered.

I don’t know how it died, but it is appalling they can leave an animal like that.

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Coun Michael Mordey, portfolio holder for city services at Sunderland City Council, said: “It is the legal responsibility of a horse owner to arrange disposal of their animal. Yet, on this occasion, the city council has been working with a company specialising in the removal of large dead animals. The horse was removed shortly after noon today.”

A woman who did not want to be named told the Echo: “I am a horse lover and we have a huge problem in this area.

“This poor horse has died and apart from the environmental health issue, it is an animal.

“I don’t know who owns the horse, but you can buy these horses so cheaply and people don’t understand the costs of removing them.

“The police have been out to put a sheet over it. I don’t know how it died, but it is appalling they can leave an animal like that and people have been getting quite emotional about it.”