The RSPCA is appealing for information after a pony with a severe injury to her leg was abandoned in a field.
A member of the public reported the pony to the RSPCA after spotting her in an open ploughed field in Whitehouse Lane, in Codsall, South Staffordshire, on Friday, 18 August.
RSPCA inspector Jackie Hickman went to the field and immediately called a vet.
Inspector Hickman said: “The poor pony had a large puncture wound to her back left leg, and a deep infected laceration on her front leg, which was so large that the vet was able to put his whole hand into it.
"There was so much pus running down her leg. The vet believed she had been suffering like this for at least a week.
“It looked as though someone had tried treating it previously as there was purple iodine spray on it, but the wound was just so large that it hadn't healed.
“She had a head collar on so it's clear she was once owned, but she wasn’t microchipped so we have no way of knowing where she came from.
“It was clear that Marble was in pain and it's not acceptable to leave an animal to suffer in this way. We are urging anyone who has any information to contact us on 0300 123 8018.
“She was abandoned on the same weekend as the V Festival, which was happening just a few miles away in Weston Park, so it may be that festival-goers may have seen something which may help us in our investigation.”
The pony, who has been named Marble, is now recovering at a private livery yard.