The Scottish SPCA has appealed for information after a pony was discovered with severely overgrown hooves in Fife.
Having been found on a small area of land next to Balbeggie Avenue, Thornton, the male Shetland pony was removed by the charity’s inspectors on Sunday 10 July.
Sadly, due to the severity of its condition, the pony was put to sleep on veterinary advice.
Scottish SPCA Senior Inspector Steven Gray said, “This pony was caused a great deal of pain and suffering over a prolonged period of time.
“The information we have is the pony was found wandering along a lane by Balbeggie Avenue around two weeks ago and was taken in by someone locally.
“We are keen to trace the person responsible for this neglect and urge anyone with information to come forward.
“Someone may know who owned this pony or may even have simply seen it being kept in a nearby field or paddock recently.
“Unfortunately, the veterinary advice was the pony had developed a severe deformity due to a lack of treatment and care.
"This made the possibility of the pony making a full recovery extremely unlikely so the decision was taken to end his suffering and alleviate any further distress."
Anyone with information is asked to call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999. All calls are received in strict confidence.