We appealing for information after a pony was shot in the face in a callous and brutal act of animal cruelty.

Bambi the horse with bolt in her nose © RSPCABambi, a ten-year-old chestnut mare, was shot in the nose with a 20 inch bolt arrow, most likely fired from a crossbow.

The injured pony was spotted by a concerned member of the public on Monday, 10 June, at around 7pm in her field near Broad Car Road, Hoyland, Barnsley.

The member of the public contacted us, and Inspector Joanne Taylor attended.

However Inspector Taylor was not able to get near Bambi without causing her further distress, Bambi was already spooking and bolting, as a result of having the arrow in her nose, and she kept knocking it, causing herself more pain.

Inspector Taylor called out a vet who assessed Bambi from a distance and concluded it was safe to leave her until the owners arrived, as to catch her would cause her more anxiety.

A note was left for the owners, and they returned to the field later that evening – they managed to catch Bambi and she was examined again by a vet and the arrow was cropped. She was then taken to the Churchfield Veterinary Centre’s equine unit at Penistone the next day.

The arrow had gone about four inches deep

Bambi was x-rayed and it revealed that the arrow had gone in to her sinus about four inches deep.

It was removed and her puncture wound was stitched up.

She was taken home and given stable rest. Her owners said they were horrified by what had happened, and so upset to think that someone was wandering around the area “brandishing a dangerous weapon.”

Bambi is recovering, but her owners are now appealing to anyone who has any information regarding this incident to get in touch with the police and us.

Vet Bill Black said Bambi was extremely lucky that the arrow had not struck her in the forehead as she would have been dead.

This was a horrific and deliberate act of animal cruelty

RSPCA Inspector Taylor said:

“This was a horrific and deliberate act of animal cruelty on a defenceless animal.


The arrow had caused Bambi so much distress, every time she moved she banged it causing her more pain and it really unnerved her, you could tell she was terrified by what had happened.


“We believe this arrow bolt is likely to have been fired from a cross bow, the bolt had one red and two yellow quills on it.


“I am keen to hear from anyone who has any information regarding this incident to call me immediately on the RSPCA inspector appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

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