A young horse with a broken neck was abandoned in a road in Buckinghamshire last night.

The RSPCA is appealing for information after the 18-month-old skewbald filly was found by a member of the public in Mumfords Lane at Chalfont St Peter at 8pm last night (5 January).

Inspector Kirsty Withnall told H&H that the filly was in a horrific state.

It was emaciated, had a broken neck and both hind legs were bound together and the rope tied to a gatepost.

It is thought that the pony was tied to the gate while on the back of a trailer and was pulled off the vehicle and onto the road as it moved off.

“It’s an easy way to dump an animal,” said Mrs Withnall. “She was absolutely exhausted from struggling.”

The pony, which was wearing a blue and red Polywarm rug and a cavesson lunging headcollar, was put down at the scene.

Anyone with information about this or similar cases is asked to contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234999.