British animal welfare group PETA is reported to be offering a £1000 reward after a pony in Liverpool, England, was burned with cigarettes and had a staple fired into one of her wounds.
The attack on 16-year-old Welsh mare Penny has horrified animal advocates.
PETA says the reward of up to £1000 is for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the culprit or culprits responsible for the January 19 attack in stables in Hooton, South Wirral.
PETA spokesman Ben Williamson said: “It is imperative that any community faced with the abuse of animals take measures to find the culprit or culprits and stop the violence.
“Animal abusers are a danger to everyone – they take their issues out on whomever is available to them, human or non-human.”
Penny’s owner, Karris Reeves, 20, did not know what the marks were at first. Her vet came and, up close, could easily smell the burnt fur and skin.
RSPCA animal welfare officer John Littlewood described the attack as a terrible act of cruelty.
“This poor pony must have been in so much pain,” he said.
“Fortunately, the wounds can be treated – but I cannot believe that someone has done this to an innocent animal and for no other apparent reason than being cruel.”
Anyone with information should contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018.