The RPSCA and police are appealing for information after a 3-year-old pony was shot with a crossbow in Sussex.

Chesney, a Welsh section A was found last Wednesday (23 October) with a bolt buried 9in deep in his chest.

The pony had been in his field, in East Preston, Littlehampton, when his owner found him with the bolt sticking out of his chest, narrowly missing his vital organs. He was treated by a vet.

Phil Roberts, whose mother-in-law owns Chesney, said it was a “huge shock”.

“Poor Chesney has had to endure so much pain,” he said. “But it is lucky that this wasn’t far worse — the bolt could have easily caused a much more serious injury.

Pony with arrow

“He is still being monitored as his heart rate is high and there is a risk of internal bleeding but we hope he will be OK.

“We desperately want to find out who did this to stop any other animals having to go through the same ordeal.”

Those with information should call the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018 or Sussex Police on 101.