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Horse dies of sugar overdose after burglars feed it 150 carrots



Horse eats 150 CARROTS and dies of sugar overdose after burglars stealing from her stables empty 20kg bag of vegetables into pen 'to keep her quiet'

  • Thieves stole 'a few hundred pounds' of feed from a stable in Leeds, Yorkshire
  • During the theft, they gave Francesca Maples' horse Kamara 20kg of carrots 
  • Ms Maples believes the thieves did this to keep her horse quiet during the raid
  • Unfortunately, the sugar in the carrots burned away Kamara's intestinal lining 

By Darren Boyle for MailOnline

Published: 07:46 EST, 19 February 2019 | Updated: 09:38 EST, 19 February 2019

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A horse has died after burglars stealing feed from a stable gave the animal 150 carrots to keep her quiet during the raid. 

Distraught owner Francesca Maples, 23, found four-year-old Kamara unwell in her stall the morning after the robbery.

Alongside the ailing horse, there was an empty sack that had been filled with 20kg of carrots just the day before.

Francesca Maples, pictured with her horse Kamara was forced to take the agonising decision to have her animal put down after injuries it sustained when thieves stole feed from the stable
Francesca Maples, pictured with her horse Kamara was forced to take the agonising decision to have her animal put down after injuries it sustained when thieves stole feed from the stable

Francesca Maples, pictured with her horse Kamara was forced to take the agonising decision to have her animal put down after injuries it sustained when thieves stole feed from the stable

The criminals threw a 20kg bag of carrots into Kamara's stable to keep her quiet while they made off with 'a few hundred pounds' of feed. Unfortunately, the sugar in the carrots burned away the horse's intestinal lining leaving her critically ill
The criminals threw a 20kg bag of carrots into Kamara's stable to keep her quiet while they made off with 'a few hundred pounds' of feed. Unfortunately, the sugar in the carrots burned away the horse's intestinal lining leaving her critically ill

The criminals threw a 20kg bag of carrots into Kamara's stable to keep her quiet while they made off with 'a few hundred pounds' of feed. Unfortunately, the sugar in the carrots burned away the horse's intestinal lining leaving her critically ill

Ms Maples, pictured with her horse in happier days, has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help her settle her vet bill as Kamara's treatment cost £3,000 in total
Ms Maples, pictured with her horse in happier days, has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help her settle her vet bill as Kamara's treatment cost £3,000 in total

Ms Maples, pictured with her horse in happier days, has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help her settle her vet bill as Kamara's treatment cost £3,000 in total

Ms Maples, who works as a stable hand at the yard, in Leeds, West Yorkshire, thinks the thieves threw the vegetables in as a distraction after Kamara made some noise.

The enormous amount of sugar contained within such a large number of carrots had burned the animal's intestinal lining away, meaning Kamara could no longer eat or drink.

She survived on antibiotics for three weeks after the theft on January 18 but Ms Maples made the painful decision to put her down last week.

She said: 'I could tell early on that something was wrong.

'Kamara is normally so lively and full of character but she was lethargic and not being herself at all.

'When I checked her body I could feel she had a lot of swelling to her head and chest.'

She added: 'We did everything we could to save her but in the end it was cruel to keep her alive any longer.

'I'd had Kamara since she was 16 months old, we have grown up together.

'I'm so sad to lose her.'

Ms Maples said the thieves, who haven't been caught, made away with just a 'few hundred pounds' of feed during the night time raid.

She rushed Kamara to the vets the morning after the crime. The horse was put on antibiotics then sent back to the yard.

Days later her condition worsened and she was taken back to the vets, where she stayed for a week, receiving two blood transfusions.

Ms Maples said Kamara's intestinal lining and digestive tract had been burned away by the sugar contained within the carrots.

This had made it too painful to eat or drink and the animal was slowly wasting away. 

She made the heart-breaking decision to put her down on February 10.

As well as losing her horse, Ms Maples has also been handed a £3,000 bill for the treatment Kamara received.

Her father Darren, 58, said: 'The people who have come in to do this just don't care.

'They have no remorse, no morals.

'My frustration is that through a lack of decency an animal has had to die and a young girl pay dearly.

'She has lost the one thing she cared for most, for nothing but their greed..'

With no eye witnesses, forensic evidence or CCTV footage, West Yorkshire Police said they have been unable to established who was responsible for the robbery.

Ms Maples has set up a crowdfunding page to help pay for the vet bills.

 

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