A shetland pony gelding is recovering after being found with multiple cuts and bite wounds from what the Scottish SPCA has described as a sickening incident.
The Scottish SPCA is appealing for information about the attack on Robbie, an 18-year-old chestnut gelding in Aberdeenshire.
It is believed the attack occurred between Thursday evening and Friday afternoon (May 9-10).
The SPCA was alerted when Robbie’s owners, who discovered him with multiple wounds on his body at their home in the Meikle Wartle area of Inverurie.
“Robbie has multiple injuries, some of which appear to be cuts and some of which look like bites,” Inspector Fiona McKenzie said.
“Due to the bite marks, I think it’s possible a dog was involved.
“Thankfully, all the wounds are superficial and, physically, Robbie is going to be all right. Nonetheless, this incident is deeply concerning.
“There was nothing in the field that Robbie could have injured himself on so it seems that someone has set out to deliberately cause him harm.
“Robbie was wearing a head collar so I think someone may have held him still while the attack was carried out. Otherwise, I believe he would have struggled, making it difficult to inflict so many wounds.
“This attack would have been extremely frightening for Robbie and caused him a great deal of pain, suffering and distress.
“We are urging anyone with information to contact us, even anonymously, as we need to find the cruel person responsible for this sickening incident.”
Causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.
Information can be reported to to the Scottish SPCA’s Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.