HORSE owners have been warned after a young colt was found dead in a field.
The animal was discovered collapsed in the open space behind South Downs College, in Waterlooville.
Concerned passersby called animal welfare charity the RSPCA for help.
A spokeswoman for the RSPCA yesterday said: ‘On arrival our inspector found the horse was unable to stand and spasming and passing green water.’
A vet was contacted, however the horse died two hours after the distressed animal was discovered.
The RSPCA has since issued a warning to other horse owners to ensure their animal is chipped.
‘Unfortunately the horse wasn’t microchipped so it has not been possible to trace the owner,’ a charity spokeswoman added.
‘People should be reminded that it is their legal responsibility to provide proper care for their animals, including when they are sick and in need of veterinary treatment.’