The poor man, already traumatised, was forced to ring around local vets, none of whom were available for an urgent call. They suggested ringing the neighbours. One neighbour eventually came to put the horse out of its misery, some hours later.
Dr Hugh Wirth, President of the RSPCA and regular presenter on the program explained in such an emergency, Victoria Police, can offer immediate assistance. They are licensed and trained gun holders and part of their job, is in fact, to shoot injured animals in distress.
I hope none of my readers ever finds themselves in the predicament where they have a large animal that needs urgently to be put out of its misery. However, remember calling the police first, may well be your quickest and least expensive course of action.
No animal, nor animal lover, should ever have to go through what that poor man and his horse endured!