A 16-year-old pony has been attacked while in her stable at a yard in Hooten, Wirral. She was found to have injuries, which a vet believes to be cigarette burns.

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Penny, a 16-year-old Welsh Section B, was found on the morning of 20 January with 6 small, round burn marks on her body — one of which had a staple protruding from it.

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When the mare’s owner, Karris Reeves, 20, discovered her, she called her vet, who suspected the wounds had been caused by cigarettes.

“When you smelt them you could smell her fur and skin were burnt,” she said.

“She’s coping remarkably well, but now the hair is starting to fall out the wounds are looking a lot bigger. Infection is a worry, but she’s started on a course of antibiotics, so we have to keep our fingers crossed.”

As there is no CCTV footage and no witnesses, police said there was nothing they could do, however the RSPCA is investigating.

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA, tel: 0300 123 8018.