THE RSPCA is appealing for information after a miniature Shetland pony was found abandoned in a Barnsley coal yard.

Maggie the miniature pony was discovered with deep cuts to her face and puncture wounds on her neck at around 8.45pm last Thursday (July 21) behind some gates at the abandoned coal yard in Lund Hill Lane, Royston.

Animal welfare officers collected Maggie and took her to the vets, where she is receiving treatment.

RSPCA chief inspector Lynsey Harris 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.”