RSPCA appeals for information after foal is found

RSPCA appeals for information after foal is found

Elsa the foal was found in a remote lane in Tyne & Wear earlier this week with horrifying wounds to her legs.


RSPCA inspectors are appealing to the public for information after a nine-month old mare was found abandoned on Follingsby Lane suffering with extensive wounds to her back legs.


It is not known how the foal, now known as Elsa, came to be in the remote location, or how her wounds were inflicted.


RSPCA inspector Jaqui Miller said: “Poor Elsa was found on Wednesday (Jan 13) with these horrific wounds to the back of her legs, by a concerned member of the public who kindly let us know straight away.


“The vet who examined her predicts that Elsa had been suffering with these wounds for at least three days before she was found, as the area was covered in dead skin and had become badly infected. The wounds were so deep that her muscles were exposed.


“Thankfully this lucky little pony is now being cared for by the team at RSPCA Felledge Equine Centre, where they are working night and day to treat her wounds and make her comfortable. She is a very sweet little pony and even when she was receiving treatment from the vet she was very well-behaved and tolerant, despite the fact she will have been in a tremendous amount of pain from her injury.


“It looks as though she is going to make a recovery from this as the wounds have not gone deep enough to damage her muscles or tendons, but she is still very sore.


“How anybody could abandon this special little pony in this condition is beyond words. We named her Elsa as the weather is pretty much frozen up here in Tyne & Wear at the moment.”


Inspector Miller is appealing to the public for any information about Elsa and how she came to be abandoned on the remote lane - which runs between Washington and Gateshead.


She added: “Anybody with any information is urged to call me on our RSPCA inspector appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018, where they can leave me a message. Elsa is a small black pony with a distinctive white stripe on her face. We have previously had two more horses and a dog abandoned on this same road during the last 12-18 months, so any information however small, could be vital in helping us investigate.”


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