The RSPCA is appealing for information after the body of a pony was found dumped in a canal in Rugby.
The pony’s body was found on Saturday in the canal adjacent to Cathiron Lane between Rugby and Brinklow directly opposite a large lay-by.
RSPCA inspector Louise Labram said: “At the moment I am treating this as suspicious. It is not known if the pony was dead or alive when it was put in the water but the soil is really disturbed in places which could mean the pony had been alive and had been struggling.
“There were also clumps of mane and tail hair in the lay-by and drag marks leading to the towpath.
“It is awful that a pony has just been dumped in this way and distressing for anyone who sees the body. We have informed the relevant authorities asking them to remove the pony – as we don’t have the statutory responsibility nor the resources to dispose of bodies.”
Dog walkers have stated that a dark coloured Range Rover was seen in the area at around 7am and it sped off when spotted.
Witnesses also said that the pony’s body was also still warm around this time.
Anyone with information can call the RSPCA inspector information line on 0300 123 8018.