A man spotted punching a tiny pony in Sheffield and trying to ride on its back has admitted an offence under the Animal Welfare Act.
The 26-year-old admitted attacking the pony in a field on Loxley Road, Loxley, in front of a group of onlookers.
Police said the man, from Derbyshire, admitted the offence and has been dealt with through the ‘restorative justice’ scheme, which avoids people going to court.
He has agreed to pay the owner of the pony £100 in compensation.
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Restorative Justice sees offenders apologise for their crime and compensate the victim, where appropriate, instead of going through the courts.
“Ultimately, the victim of any crime has to agree to the process and be happy with the outcome.”