The RSPCA are appealing for witnesses after a pony’s body was discovered in a canal, near Rugby, last Saturday (7 December).
It is thought the pony may have been dragged to the spot, which is directly opposite a large lay by. It is not clear whether the pony was alive or dead when it entered the water.
“The soil is really disturbed in places, which could mean the pony was alive and had been struggling,” said RSPCA inspector Louise Labram.
“There were also clumps of mane and tail hair in the lay-by and drag marks leading to the towpath.”
“It is awful that a pony has just been dumped in this way and distressing for anyone who sees the body, ” added Inspector Labram.
Dog walkers reported a dark coloured Range Rover in the area at around 7am.
Anyone with information should call the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018.