The RSPCA is calling for witnesses to a brutal attack which left a yearling colt dead in the Black Country on 6 June.

The little skewbald’s body — who was tethered overnight in George Rose Park, Darlaston — was discovered early on 7 June. The colt had a severe gash in its neck and a number of serious wounds.

RSPCA inspector Pam O’Neill was called by police, who had been alerted by the colt’s owner, Craig Johnson.

She told H&H: “there was a huge amount of blood all over the ground where he was lying. The wound to the neck is consistent with a knife wound, but the multiple wounds on his legs were consistent with dog bites.”

Owner Craig Jackson told the Walsall Observer in the West Midlands: “Tommy was only half-grown and was trusting and friendly. If he was attacked by a human it’s just appalling. I don’t know how anyone could do this to a vulnerable and innocent animal.”

Mr Jackson’s other two horses were stabled at the time.

Anyone with information should contact RSPCA Inspector Pam O’Neill (tel: 0870 5555 999).