A horse has been found dead with a gunshot wound to the head in South Wales.

The horse was discovered in a field in Markham, near Blackwood, Caerphilly, yesterday (Monday 2 April) at 11am by its owner.

There was a substantial shot wound to the left side of his face and a large amount of blood at the scene.

The RSPCA is now appealing for information about the three-year-old stallion.

“This poor horse was shot at close range, quite possibly by walking over towards someone at the field gate,” said an RSPCA spokesman.

“The owner says that this horse was particularly friendly and he probably went towards the person who shot him.

“His death would have been slow and painful and it’s imperative that we find the criminal who committed this vicious attack.”

Anyone with information should call: 0300 1234 999