THE Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation into the mutilation of a Shetland pony in Aberdeenshire.
Scotland’s animal welfare charity was alerted when the owners of an 18 year old chestnut gelding, named Robbie, discovered him with multiple wounds on his body following the “sickening” attack at their home in the Meikle Wartle area of Inverurie.
The pony had sustained multiple injuries - including possible cuts and what appear to be dog bites. Investigators from the SSPCA believe the attack took place between last Thursday night and Friday afternoon.
Inspector Fiona McKenzie, who is heading the investigation, said: “Robbie has multiple injuries, some of which appear to be cuts and some of which look like bites. Due to the bite marks, I think it’s possible a dog was involved.
“Thankfully, all the wounds are superficial and, physically, Robbie is going to be alright. Nonetheless, this incident is deeply concerning.”
She explained: “There was nothing in the field that Robbie could have injured himself on so it seems that someone has set out to deliberately cause him harm. Robbie was wearing a head collar so I think someone may have held him still while the attack was carried out. Otherwise, I believe he would have struggled, making it difficult to inflict so many wounds.”
Inspector McKenzie added: “This attack would have been extremely frightening for Robbie and caused him a great deal of pain, suffering and distress.
“We are urging anyone with information to contact us, even anonymously, as we need to find the cruel person responsible for this sickening incident.”
An SSPCA spokeswoman said: “Causing an animal unnecessary suffering is an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006. Anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life. Information can be reported to the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”