Appeal over abandoned pony that had to be put down

The abandoned pony.

The abandoned pony.

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The RSPCA is appealing for information after a young pony was found in a Sleaford-area village with an injury to its hind leg that was so severe it had to be euthanased.

RSPCA inspector Ian Callingham was called to a remote country lane near Oasby yesterday (Thursday, April 30), after a member of the public reported seeing an abandoned pony who was struggling to stand.

The piebald cob, which is thought to have been left at the location overnight, was under two-years-old.

Inspector Callingham said: “The location was extremely remote; there are no homes, farms or equestrian centres nearby, so it is clear this pony was deliberately left with no intention of return. Her left hind leg was severely swollen to twice the size it should be, and three large deep holes that were bleeding and covered in maggots were clearly visible. It was terrible to see this young pony clearly in a huge amount of pain.”

He added: “The wounds had been sprayed with a purple antiseptic spray, which suggests the owner was aware of the injury, but clearly failed to seek appropriate veterinary advice. She had a good body condition and trimmed hooves, so it is likely the owner was overwhelmed by the injury and reluctant to seek further treatment, for whatever reason.

“It seems the poor pony was then dumped in a remote location where she would not be found, and left to die in severe pain. The injury was very large and clearly visible, so it’s likely she was been kept in a private location until now, as we’re sure members of the public would have reported her terrible wound immediately upon seeing it.”

Despite hoping to save her, on advice of the vet who was present, the pony was euthanased to end her severe pain and suffering.

The pony was not microchipped and was found with no identification.

Anyone with any information about her owner is urged to contact the RSPCA Inspector Appeal Line on 0300 123 8018. All calls are treated in confidence.

As a charity, the RSPCA rely on public donations to exist. To assist its inspectors in carrying out its work text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard network rate message).