A foal who died as a result of severe burns was the victim of a cruel and horrific attack, according to the British SPCA.
Four-month-old Angus was found by his owner with burns to his leg and face while he was stabled in Alexandra Terrace, in Pinxton, Derbyshire, on August 19.
Angus was treated by a veterinarian but did not recover.
Now, the RSPCA is appealing for the public’s help to solve the case.
“It is difficult to know for sure what caused these severe burns but it is thought likely to be some sort of external cause, probably deliberate,” said RSPCA Inspector Teresa Potter, who is investigating the incident.
Chief Inspector Cathy Hyde, who heads the charity’s equine inspectors, said: “This was a horrifically cruel attack on a defenceless foal with tragic consequences.
“Foals are naturally inquisitive and trusting and it’s awful that it appears someone has taken advantage of this.
“Attacks like this are extremely rare, but understandably local horse owners will be worried and we would suggest they are extra vigilant.
“We would encourage the public to contact the police and groups like Horsewatch to report people acting suspiciously or unusual vehicles visiting fields and yards.”
Anyone with information about the incident is urged to call the police on 101 or the RSPCA appeal hotline on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Teresa Potter.