THE RSPCA is investigating reports of a sick foal seen on a Mount Eliza property that has alleged been linked to other reports of suspected animal neglect.
The animal welfare organisation confirmed last week that investigators were looking into complaints that a new-born foal was seen by passers-by in a paddock on Monday 6 February, unable to stand or feed, and without human intervention for several hours.
A nearby resident who phoned the RSPCA told The News that about 5pm she and other passers-by noticed a downed foal in a paddock near Emil Madsen Reserve, with its mother standing nearby.
The woman said she was concerned, as the foal was not able to life its head, and it was a hot day and flies were all over its face and body.
She then called Mornington police, who attended as there was now a crowd gathering, before the foal’s apparent owner attended around two or three hours later and removed the dying foal.
“There are a lot of horses on this property that don’t look in great health, and I have reported to the RSPCA before,” she said.