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A pony has been severely burnt after she was set alight in a field in Nottinghamshire.

Four-year-old grey Welsh pony Baby Boo was found by her owner at 6.30pm on Sunday 9 August in her field off Mill Lane in Stapleford.

She had burns to her rump and had broken through a metal gate in an attempt to escape.

Police believe she was covered with petrol before being set alight.

The pony was taken to a specialist veterinary hospital to treat the burns and will remain there for at least two weeks.

The RSPCA and Nottinghamshire police are now appealing for information.

“This was a horrific and calculated attack,” said RSPCA inspector Sarah Gardner. “I can’t imagine what sort of people would be capable of doing this, but clearly we need to find out who they are to prevent them from attacking other animals.”

According to the Metro newspaper, footage of the attack was recorded on a mobile phone and uploaded to youtube.com, but has since been removed.

Anyone with information should telephone the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999 or Nottinghamshire police on 0115 9670999.