An RSPCA inspector has said the injuries suffered by a horse found dumped with severe burns from a suspected chemical attack are the 'worst I've ever seen'.
The filly - believed to be about eight-months-old - was found dumped in Clowne on Tuesday and taken to the Rainbow Equine Hospital in north Yorkshire.
The horse, now named as Cindy, suffered severe facial burns from what is thought to be a chemical.
RSPCA inspector, Keith Ellis, said: "The injuries sustained by this poor horse are absolutely appalling, and the worst I've ever seen.
"Whatever the substance was has caused her skin to literally slew off of her face and head.
"I've never seen an animal who has been attacked with a caustic substance like this.”
Mr Ellis added: “It’s believed that she had suffered these horrific injuries up to 48 hours before she was found.
“We don’t know how the injuries were caused but it seems inconceivable that this happened accidentally. We do believe this was a deliberate attack.
"If anyone has any information about what happened please contact the RSPCA's appeal line on 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me."
Cinders was taken to Rainbow Equine Hospital after being found at a location in Clowne.
A post on the Rainbow Equine Hospital's Facebook read: "When she arrived at the hospital she was very weak and was unable to open her eyes due to severe burns affecting her eyelids.
"It is thought that the attack was deliberate and resulted from a chemical being thrown in her face."
The hospital team treated her with pain relief and antibiotics and her face was cleaned. The areas of dead skin were carefully removed to reduce the risk of infection.
The Facebook post continued: "She was anaemic due to the ongoing blood loss and a heavy burden of skin of intestinal parasites. A blood transfusion was given to increase levels of blood cells and proteins that are vital for healing. Once the treatment had started, she started to eat and become much brighter stronger.
"Her facial injuries will take time to heal but she is making very good progress. There are concerns over the injuries around her eyes and she will require ongoing replacement of the protein that is being lost across her skin as well as wound management and possibly skin grafts. "
The cost of her initial treatment is being funded by the RSPCA and Rainbow Equine Hospital.
A fundraising page has been set up to cover the costs. If you would like to make a donation, click here