After yet another devastating case of animal cruelty, the RSPCA has launched an appeal for information after a severely neglected pony was discovered crawling with thousands of maggots and barely able to stand.
Inspector Nick Jones was called to a derelict farm building near to Rodridge Cottage Farm in Wingate, County Durham, on Sunday, 4 June, where the pony had collapsed.
The pony’s large wounds across its right hand side were riddled with thousands of maggots.
“This is about as bad as it gets," He said: " Hand on heart this is the worst equine case I’ve ever seen. The right hand side of the pony looked atrocious with a three inch thick line of maggots running the length of the neck.
“There were so many you could hear them. It sounded like the popping of a fizzy drink. It was grotesque. “Even as an inspector who deals with neglect cases every day, this was devastating to see. The poor pony was on his feet when I arrived but he was in such a bad way.”
The British Horse Society contacted the RSPCA after they were alerted to the two year old pony’s suffering by a member of the public.
Inspector Jones immediately contacted a vet who shaved the pony’s mane around the affected area and treated the wounds.
“He was then taken to a British Horse Society stables for recovery but sadly he didn’t make it. He was too far gone and his wounds were too severe. It is heartbreaking.
“We have no idea how long he had been there or the cause of his wounds but it is very clear that the pony had been severely neglected by his owner. We are now appealing to anyone who may have information on how the pony came to be in this state to do the right thing and contact us.
“Please call the inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and reference inspector Nick Jones.”
To help the RSPCA continue rescuing, rehabilitating and rehoming animals in desperate need of care please visit: www.rspca.org.uk/give or text LOVE to 87023 to give £3 (Text costs £3 + one standard network rate message).