Animal charity launches appeal after abandoned pony found dead in East Lothian field

SSPCA Senior Inspector John Toule arrived at scene to find pony had already died. Picture: TSPL
SSPCA Senior Inspector John Toule arrived at scene to find pony had already died. Picture: TSPL
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A LEADING animal charity is appealing for information after a young pony was found dead after being “cruelly” abandoned in a farmer’s field in East Lothian.

• Scottish SPCA launches appeal after pony dies after abandonment in field

• Male cob-type pony had died of scepticaemia

Officials at the Scottish SPCA were alerted after a member of the public spotted the black and white male cob-type pony lying down and in distress in the field between the A1 and the A1087,just outside Dunbar on Wednesday, 12 December.

John Toule, an SSPCA Senior Inspector, drove immediately to the scene but the animal had already died. A post mortem examination has revealed the six month old pony died of septicaemia and had not received the veterinary attention and the proper diet he required.

Mr Toule said: “The pony was found in an arable field and the gate had been left open onto the main road.

“He was first discovered on Tuesday 11 December but the person who saw him assumed he had been put there due to flooding in nearby grazing fields.

“However, on Wednesday morning he was found lying on the ground and struggling to breathe and within half an hour he was dead.”

He added: “It is highly likely that he was abandoned as the owner of the field did not give anyone permission to leave their horse in there.

“We are treating this incident as a case of cruelty and we are very keen to trace this pony’s owner.

“Anyone who recognises the description of the pony or noticed someone unloading him into the field between Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December should call our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”

An SSPCA spokeswoman said: “Abandoning an animal is an offence and anyone found guilty of doing so can expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life.”

Meanwhile the SSPCA has also appealed for information after a hamster was dumped in an Edinburgh supermarket toilet, suffering from a fatal tumour. The rodent was found by a member of the public in the toilets of ASDA at the Jewel in the Brunstane area of the city on Sunday but died overnight.

Melissa Maitland, an Animal Rescue Officer at the charity’s Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Balerno, said: “The hamster was found in a plastic container along with some bedding and food. Whoever dumped him clearly had no intention of getting him the veterinary attention he needed. It is not only cruel to abandon an animal, it’s also a criminal offence and we’re keen to find the person responsible for this.”