A pony is recovering after being shot in the face with a 20 inch bolt arrow in what the RSPCA has described as a ‘callous and brutal act of animal cruelty’.
The RSPCA is appealing for information about the attack on 10 year-old mare, Bambi, in her field near Broadcarr Road, Hoyland.
Officials believe the arrow was most likely shot from a crossbow.
Bambi was spotted with the arrow sticking out of her face by a member of the public at about 7pm on Monday.
RSPCA Inspector Joanne Taylor attended but was not able to get near Bambi because the horse was already spooking and bolting.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “Inspector Taylor called out a vet who assessed the horse from a distance and concluded it was safe to leave her until the owners arrived, as to catch her would cause her more anxiety.
“A note was left for the owners, and they returned to the field later that evening – they managed to catch Bambi. She was examined again by a vet and the arrow was cropped. She was then taken to the Churchfield Veterinary Centre’s equine unit at Penistone the next day.
“Bambi was x-rayed and it revealed that the arrow had gone in to her sinus about four inches deep.”
After the arrow was removed and the wound stitched, Bambi was taken home to rest.
Vet Bill Black said that had the arrow struck her in the forehead, Bambi would have been dead.
■ Witness should call 0300 123 8018.