The RSPCA is appealing for information after a foal was found with burn injuries in Derbyshire died.
Four-month-old Angus, was found by his owner with burn injuries to his leg and face while he was stabled in Alexandra Terrace, in Pinxton, on Wednesday (August 19).
Angus was treated by a vet but sadly he did not recover and died.
RSPCA Inspector Teresa Potter, who is investigating the incident, said: “It is difficult to know for sure what caused these severe burns but it is thought likely to be some sort of external cause, probably deliberate.”
Chief Inspector Cathy Hyde, who heads the RSPCA equine inspectors, added: “This was a horrifically cruel attack on a defenceless foal with tragic consequences.
“Foals are naturally inquisitive and trusting and it’s awful that it appears someone has taken advantage of this.
“Attacks like this are extremely rare but understandably local horse owners will be worried and we would suggest they are extra vigilant.
“We would encourage the public to contact the police and groups like Horsewatch to report people acting suspiciously or unusual vehicles visiting fields and yards.”
If anyone has any information about this tragic incident involving Angus they can call the police on 101 or the RSPCA appeal hotline on 0300 123 8018 and leave a message for Inspector Teresa Potter.
The RSPCA is a charity and we rely on public donations to exist. To assist our Inspectors in carrying out their vital work please text HELP to 78866 to give £3 (Texts cost £3 + one standard network rate message).