An abandoned pony is found tethered with metal chain

The RSPCA is appealing for information about a piebald horse that was found tethered with chains and abandoned in a field in Grays, Essex.

The pony was suffering with a large wound to her neck that was infested with maggots.

The mare was found by RSPCA inspector Marie Hammertoe on 12th November near Courtney Road, after a member of the public called the charity’s cruelty line.

Inspector Hammerton said: “This poor pony has a nasty wound on the top of her neck where the tether has been digging in for some time. The tether used was totally inappropriate –  a thick metal chain wrapped in what appears to be the inner tube of a push bike.

“This has left her with a wound that is approximately five inches by two inches and swarming in maggots, and it’s estimated by vets that this has been festering for around two weeks. She must have been in so much pain.”

The mare is not microchipped and it appears nobody has been tending to her for some time. She is 12.2hh and is estimated to be around four years old.

Inspector Hammerton added: “I have named the pony Madge after Madonna, and she is a very sweet little girl who just wants love and attention. Fortunately she is now safe and receiving lots of care and treatment for her wounds at a local vets. We expect her to make a full recovery.”

Anyone with any information regarding this issue can contact inspector Hammerton on the inspector appeal line by calling 0300 123 8018.