Sunderland, Hartlepool and South Tyneside Branch

Shetland Pony mutilated and killed in South Tyneside

img_6066A Shetland pony called ‘Bobby’ has been mutilated and killed in an attack in Sunderland on Thursday 3 November.

The incident happened in a field on Cleadon Lane, Cleadon. The pony was discovered by his owner between 7-8pm.

RSPCA inspector Heidi Cleaver said: “The injuries are almost too horrific to mention.

“Bobby has been slashed, had an ear and his bottom lip cut off and his genitals severed. His mane has also been hacked off and left strewn all over the field.

“This was was a very friendly little Skewbald Shetland pony, aged around 12-14 years.

“Naturally his owner is devastated.”

Bobby was taken on by his owner four years ago after being advertised online. He had twisted front legs so couldn’t be ridden and was looking for a special home.

RSPCA inspector Cleaver said: “His owner describes him as a happy little pony with a cheeky character.

“Whilst he was able to run, he wasn’t as fast as the other horses in the field as a result of his condition, which may have been why he was targeted.

“It’s inconceivable that someone would want to deliberately hurt him in this way. This was a truly horrific incident.

“If you have any information about what happened to Bobby please call the RSPCA inspector appeal line immediately on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”

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