A horse with severe chemical burns is thought to have been attacked deliberately, says the RSPCA.
The animal welfare charity is appealing for information after a filly, thought to be around eight months old, was found in Derbyshire in a poor state and suffering from severe chemical burns to her face.
Inspector Ellis said: “It’s believed that she had suffered these horrific injuries up to 48 hours before she was found.
“We don’t know how the injuries were caused but it seems inconceivable that this happened accidentally. We do believe this was a deliberate attack.
"If anyone has any information about what happened please contact the RSPCA's appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me."
It follows news that the number of horses rescued by the RSPCA across England and Wales has reached a four-year-high.
Nearly 1,000 horses (980) were taken in by the charity as a result of cruelty, suffering and neglect last year (2017).
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