FOUR dead horses dumped in lay-bys over the same weekend cost the taxpayer £500 to remove.
Two dead horses were found dumped in Wath under a pile of carpets off Abdy Road and two were also found in Brampton-en-le-Morthen.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said a member of the public called the police at around 4pm on February 8 to report two dead horses had been dumped near Wath Golf Club.
She said: “The large white horse and smaller black and white horse appeared to have been mistreated, were without shoes and were covered in mud.”
PC Neil Palmer said: “This is an extremely distressing and upsetting incident and we will do everything in our power to apprehend those responsible.
“We urge anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the Abdy Road area on Sunday to contact police on 101.
“Alternatively contact the RSPCA, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”
A spokeswoman for Rotherham Borough Council said two more horses were also discovered in Brampton near to the motorway bridge on the same weekend.