A miniature Shetland pony has been found badly injured and dumped in an abandoned coal yard.
The RSPCA are appealing for more information after a member of the public discovered the pony - now called Maggie - at around 8.45pm on Thursday behind some gates at the abandoned coal yard in Lund Hill Lane, Royston, Barnsley.
Animal welfare officer Ben Shaw collected the pony and took her to the vets.
RSPCA chief inspector Lynsey Harris, now investigating, said: “She was very lethargic and had deep cuts to her face and nasty puncture wounds on her neck.
“The wounds were sore, infected and infested with maggots. Poor little Maggie must have been very uncomfortable and in a lot of pain.
“All Maggie needed was a friend. Luckily for her, she was spotted by a concerned member of public who did the right thing and took her to safety before calling us.
“We’d like to hear from anyone who may recognise this little pony or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area where she was dumped on Thursday evening. Anyone with information which may help our investigation should call 0300 123 8018.”
Maggie is now receiving treatment and will be moved to an RSPCA centre to find her a new owner.