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‘Skinny’ pony ‘riddled with maggots’ abandoned on straw field

The RSPCA is investigating after a pony ‘riddled with maggots’ was found abandoned in a straw field in Cheshire.

RSPCA inspector Pamela Bird was called to a field off Hield Lane, Northwich, on Tuesday 22nd September.

She said: “Members of the public had spotted the Blagdon cob and were concerned about her weight and that she was struggling to walk. 

“When I arrived I could see how skinny she was. She had terrible flystrike and was riddled with maggots. 

“She was very quiet and shut down. It was heartbreaking to see her in such a sorry state.”

The 12hh grey/roan pony - nicknamed Tuesday by staff taking care of her - is thought to be around three to four years old. She was taken into care and given veterinary treatment but vets found her blood test results showed she was very sick and said it would be touch and go for the filly.

Pamela added: “Someone has left Tuesday to get into this state and, instead of getting her the treatment and help she badly needed, simply dumped her in a field and washed their hands of her. It’s disgraceful. 

“Vets did the best they could for her but she wasn’t eating and was getting sicker and sicker. Sadly, overnight on Tuesday, her body gave up the fight and she died.

“I’d like to hear from anyone who recognises the pony, knows where she came from or saw anything suspicious in the area overnight on Sunday or on Monday when we believe she was left here.

“Anyone with information can call our appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

To help the RSPCA continue to rescuing animals and investigating animal cruelty, please donate whatever you can spare at www.rspca.org.uk/covid.

As the crisis intensifies, RSPCA frontline animal rescue and care teams are being stretched to their limit.We urgently need your help, as the number of animals in our care is set to rise. Please give any gift you can to our Coronavirus Emergency Appeal:
https://www.rspca.org.uk/getinvolved/donate/coronavirus

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