A pony has drowned after being led onto a frozen canal in Ireland and falling through the ice.

The animal crashed through the thin ice in the middle of Dublin’s Grand Canal, by Nangor Road, after being forced onto the frozen water.

Disgusted locals in Clondalkin claimed that youths had been spotted taking a number of ponies onto the canal.

“Letting a horse onto an icy canal is pure stupidity, but to be honest hearing about this poor animal doesn’t surprise me. There was one found dead in the canal at Blackhorse before Christmas. We are at crisis point,” the DSPCA’s (Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) Orla Aungier told local press.

Local Labour councillor Robert Dowds added: “It is foolishness in the extreme. I am very saddened by this. The poor animal must have had an awful end.”