A pony has been knifed over 40 times in what police believe was a random attack in North Tyneside.

Blondie was attacked between 9am on 9 July and 12noon on 12 July in a field in Seaton Burn.

The 10-year-old pony’s owners found her covered in blood and shaking with horrific injuries.

The pony had severe injuries to her neck and lesser injuries the rear of the abdomen and leg areas.

It is not known what was used to attack the pony.

Blondie has since received veterinary treatment and the injuries are not life-threatening, but she required extensive skin grafts and may never be able to go out in direct sunlight again.

Chief Inspector Tom Stabler from North Tyneside Area Command said: “This is a shocking incident. It is difficult to believe that someone would set out to harm a defenceless animal in this way.”

Anyone with any information to contact the police on 03456 043043.