Hunt still on after pony left with 'severe' leg injuries near V Festival
ANIMAL inspectors are still hunting for the perpetrator who left a pony suffering in pain from a puncture wound and deeply infected gash.
The animal, who was named Marble, was spotted deserted with the large leg wounds in an open ploughed field by a concerned passer-by.
Charity RSPCA has since confirmed the pony is making a swift recovery and has found a new home after she was abandoned just a few miles away from V Festival revellers.
A RSPCA spokesperson said: "We are pleased that Marble is making a good recovery, however we are still appealing for information about who dumped her."
The pony was abandoned in the Codsall field in Whitehouse Lane just as masses of campers poured into Weston Park ahead of the two-day V Festival.
RSPCA inspector Jackie Hickman rushed to the South Staffordshire green space after receiving the report and immediately calling a vet to tend to Marble's 'severe injury'.
She said: "The poor pony had a large puncture wound to her back left leg, and a deep infected laceration on her front leg which was so large that the vet was able to put his whole hand into it.
"There was so much pus running down her leg. The vet believed she had been suffering like this for at least a week.
“It looked as though someone had tried treating it previously as there was purple iodine spray on it, but the wound was just so large that it had not healed."
Marble began recovering at a private livery yard after being rescued on August 18, before the charity found her a new home.
Staff at the animal welfare charity launched an appeal to uncover how Marble was injured after being unable to trace Marble's owner.
Ms Hickman said: "She had a head collar on so it is clear she was once owned, but she wasn’t microchipped so we have no way of knowing where she came from.
"It was clear that Marble was in pain and it is not acceptable to leave an animal to suffer in this way.
“She was abandoned on the same weekend as the V Festival, which was happening just a few miles away in Weston Park, so it may be that festival-goers may have seen something which may help us in our investigation.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.