A GOOD Samaritan who rushed to the aid of two young foals 'left for dead' in the middle of a storm on a muddy road has been left heartbroken by the sickening treatment inflicted on the animals.

Hannah Manson, 22, has recalled the devastating moment she discovered the two abandoned horses yesterday, Thursday, just off Southworth Lane in Winwick after she was alerted by her granddad's neighbour.

The businesswoman, who runs Winwick Farm Shop, was not prepared for the harrowing sight she encountered between 3pm and 4pm.

She said: "As soon as I heard what had happened I went to see if I could help and take some photos.

"I wanted to get the message out there to try to get justice.

"I was shocked when I saw what state they were in.

"They seemed dead and were emaciated.

"I'm not an expert but their hooves were overgrown and their fur was caked in mud.

"I've not stopped crying since.

"One of them kept trying to get up but he was so weak.

"You could tell they were scared. It broke my heart.

"I bent down to stroke them. He had the saddest eyes.

"It is out of order how they have suffered. You could tell they were so gentle and loving."

The foals were taken into the care of the RSPCA but Hannah has since been informed that the animals have been put to sleep.

"Hopefully they are now in a better place," said the 22-year-old, who lives near to the town centre.

“I am heartbroken.

"These poor innocent souls don't deserve this and I'd really like to see the person who did this brought to justice.

"Someone somewhere might know something and could help stop this from happening again."

This is not the first time horses have been dumped in Winwick.

In April 2009, a dead horse was left on Waterworks Lane off Myddleton Lane.

Last year two dead horses were dumped at the roadside on Hermitage Green Lane.

To report any information to help catch those involved call the RSPCA animal cruelty hotline on 0300 1234 999.