Pressure is growing on the Environment Agency to remove a dead horse from the River Calder in Dewsbury.
Dewsbury East Labour councillor Paul Kane said it was imperative the horse’s carcass was taken away before it contaminated the river any more.
The body of the horse was thought to have been dumped in the river up to two weeks ago.
It is thought to have been tethered in Sands Lane Playing Fields, Earlsheaton, and the body was later found in the river near Sands Mill.
Although it was reported to several agencies including the Environment Agency, the RSPCA and the Canal and River Trust no-one would accept responsibility.
Clr Kane said: “My colleague Clr Cathy Scott reported it to our environment people at Kirklees Council and it will then go to the Environment Agency, I’m pretty sure of that. It’s their responsibility to remove it. At the end of the day it is contaminating the river.
“In addition it is only common decency to get on and move it.
“We don’t want people walking their dogs and, particularly, young children to have to look at carcasses in the river.”
It is thought the horse may have belonged to travellers and Clr Kane said the council’s travellers officer would be making representations.
“It is totally unacceptable for them to dump dead horses in the river if that is what has happened,” said Clr Kane. “But the Environment Agency needs to act quickly given the circumstances.”
The Environment Agency previously told the Examiner that it was not responsible and declined to comment.