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A 3-year-old stallion collapsed and died on the Appleby Fair in Cumbria, resulting in widespread outrage and an investigation into what has been described as an act of “inexcusable cruelty.”

The horse, who was reportedly “covered in sores”, suffered from an especially excessive temperature earlier than it collapsed round 3 pm on Wednesday.

The RSPCA has launched CCTV photographs with the individual accountable for the horse’s loss of life, which authorities are at present attempting to determine.

“The horse’s temperature was very high, and he was covered in rubs”, Chief Inspector Rob Melloy mentioned. “He had been worked until he dropped. This was an inexcusable act of cruelty. This person has let themselves, their family, and of course, this poor horse down, who undoubtedly suffered before he died.”

The annual Appleby Fair, which attracts round 10,000 guests to purchase and promote horses, has seen over 1,000 caravans and three,000 horse-drawn autos arrive this yr.

Despite its lengthy historical past courting again to the 1770s and its popularity as one in every of Europe’s biggest horse festivals, this tragic occasion has solid a shadow over the festivities.

Leaders from the Traveller neighborhood Billy Welch and Bill Lloyd have expressed their deep sorrow and anger over the incident, urging anybody with info to come back ahead.

“”We are absolutely supportive of the efforts of the RSPCA and their companion charities to enhance the requirements of horse welfare, and it is a physique blow to all our efforts”, they said. “Appleby is likely one of the biggest celebrations of the horse in Europe and this tragic occasion is a stain on the honest that shall be exhausting to scrub out.

“The standard of horsemanship among Gypsy people is usually high and they are often among the first to report abuse at the fair when they see it.

“We don’t but know the identification of the individual accountable and if it was a Gypsy, we’ll condemn them much more strongly and loudly, however please don’t leap to any conclusions till we all know the information.”

The honest is happening from June 6 to June 12 this yr. Anyone with details about the horse’s loss of life is urged to contact the RSPCA on their attraction line at 0300 123 8018 or name the police on 101.