Animal charity condemns attack

Robbie the Shetland pony.
Robbie the Shetland pony.

An appeal has gone out from Scotland’s animal welfare charity after a Shetland pony was found mutilated in a “sickening” attck in Aberdeenshire.

The Scottish SPCA was alerted when the owners of an 18-month-old chestnut gelding, named Robbie, discovered him with multiple wounds at their home in the Meikle Wartle area of Inverurie.

It is believed the attack happened between last Thursday evening and Friday afternoon. The organisation has condemned the incident.

Inspector Fiona Mackenzie 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 all right. Nonetheless, this incident is deeply concerning.

“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.”

Information can be reported to the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.