The last thing this jogger thought he would see on his daily run was a dead pony...

Sujan Shrestha, of Sutton runners, was left shocked when he discovered a pony on Grove Lane Track, adjacent to Upper Pillory Down, on June 15 at around 12.30 pm.

Sujan says he thought the pony was sleeping so went to take a picture when he realised it wasn't breathing.

Speaking to Sutton Guardian, Sujan Shrestha, said: 

I thought oh how nice, but then I realised and became shocked.

"I was upset because I wasn’t expecting it.

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"I normally see nice things on a trail, I have seen sleeping cows and I usually enjoy my run and then come home.

"It was the first time in my life I have seen anything like that."

Sutton Council say, they were already alerted by residents at around 11 pm on June 14, however, contractors were advised to return with specialist lifting equipment.

A spokesperson for Sutton Council said: "On Monday morning, a member of our Waste team visited the site and talked with a number of residents in regards to the situation.

"The animal was covered, the area cordoned off and a specialist contractor was arranged for the pony to be removed.

"We thank residents for their help in reporting this incident to the Council.

"Contractors are expected to complete the removal by the end of today, June 16."

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A spokesperson for RSPCA, said: "This is a really sad incident and must have been very upsetting for people to see.

"Our local officer has visited to investigate and sadly it appears the pony wasn't in good bodily condition, so we're concerned about how and why they died.

Sadly, it is not uncommon for the RSPCA to receive reports of dead, dying or very unwell horses dumped like rubbish.

"The country has been experiencing a 'horse crisis' for several years, with fears that the worst may still be yet to come in the event of another financial recession.

"Unfortunately the pony wasn't microchipped so we encourage anyone with any information to come forward and contact us on our inspector's appeal line number, on 0300 123 8018."