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The RSPCA is renewing an appeal for witnesses after the bodies of a pony and goat were found dumped in Cheshire at the end of last month.

The dead animals were found abandoned at South Common, near Nantwich on 31 January in a “shocking condition”.

The pony, a grey filly foal thought to be under 18 months old, was emaciated and worm infested. She had a piece of orange twine around her neck and flecks of red paint on one hoof.

The goat, a black and tan billy with a white saddle, had a broken back leg. Both his ears were missing. The RSPCA suspects they were removed as they bored identification tags or tattoos.

RSPCA inspector Rachel Andrews said: “These animals were in an absolutely shocking condition and we want to hear from anyone who knows how they came to be dumped there, where they came from and who was responsible for them.”

Last February another dead pony was found in the same area, in a similar condition.

Inspector Adams added: “She was about the same age, emaciated and suffering from what looked like a heavy worm burden. We are concerned that we could be dealing with the same person.”

Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 1234 99.