A skewbald colt has been found dumped in a field in Nottinghamshire.
The 12hh pony was found on Thursday (10 December) in a privately-owned paddock in Winthorpe, near Newark.
It is thought that the pony was left in the field on Wednesday night (9 December).
Equine rescue charity Bransby Horses, which has centres in Lincoln and Herefordshire, contacted the RSPCA about the horse. He is currently being looked after by Bransby and staff have named him Winnie The Pooh.
“The little guy was in a very sorry state when he was found, in a field on Holme Lane,” said RSPCA inspector Daniel Bradshaw.
“The chain and lock on the field had been cut off and he had been dumped there.
“He was very weak and clearly in desperate need of vet attention. He is now on a drip under close veterinary supervision.”
An RSPCA spokesman added that the pony was in poor body condition, was extremely dehydrated and was suffering from severe diarrhoea.
He said that they believe he may also have salmonella.
“Despite our fears that he was too ill, he survived his first night with us but he has had an unsettled weekend,” said a spokesman for the charity.
“We have been appealing for his owner via the local media, but we are still looking.
“We don’t know whether he was abandoned or lost, as we do not know how he came to be in the field.”
Both charities are appealing for information about the owner and how Winnie came to be in the field.
“At the moment we don’t know who he belongs to and want to hear from anyone who recognises him and has any specific information about his owner, or who saw anything suspicious in the area,” said the RSPCA spokesman.
Call the RSPCA on 03001238018 or Bransby Horses on 01427 788464.