THE Scottish SPCA is appealing for information after a pony was found dead in a field in East Lothian after being abandoned.
The charity was alerted when a member of the public spotted the black and white male cob-type pony in distress in a field between the A1 and the A1087 just outside Dunbar.
A post mortem examination revealed the six-month-old pony died of septicaemia and had not received the veterinary attention and proper diet he required.
Senior Inspector John 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 by a person who assumed he had been put there due to flooding in nearby grazing fields. However, the following morning he was found lying on the ground and struggling to breathe and within half an hour he was dead.
“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, December 10 and Tuesday, December 11 should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.