A pony in Scotland has been put down after being found with severely overgrown hooves.

The Scottish SPCA is now appealing for information.

The Shetland pony was found on Balbeggie Avenue, Thornton, in Fife by Scottish SPCA officers and put to sleep by a vet on Sunday (10 July).

Scottish SPCA Senior Inspector Steven Gray said, “This pony was caused a great deal of pain and suffering over a prolonged period of time.

“We are keen to trace the person responsible for this neglect and urge anyone with information to come forward.

“Someone may know who owned this pony or may even have simply seen it being kept in a nearby field or paddock recently.

“Unfortunately, the veterinary advice was the pony had developed a severe deformity due to a lack of treatment and care.

“This made the possibility of the pony making a full recovery extremely unlikely so the decision was taken to end his suffering and alleviate any further distress.”

Anyone with information should call the Scottish SPCA on: 03000 999 999.