People are both shocked and dismayed that a pony was shot with a crossbow in broad daylight as the small horse was turned out in his pasture. Chesney is recovering from the attack. He was shot with a crossbow bolt that penetrated over 9 inches into his chest and the rest of the bolt extended out from the wound.
Inspectors surmise that the attack on Chesney occurred during the day, somewhere during the hours of 6:40 a.m. when the horses were let out of the stable and 5:45 p.m. when the wounded Chesney was found.
The emergency call to the veterinarian brought needed medical help immediately and the bolt was removed at the stable. Chesney had to receive numerous medications from anti-inflammatories and painkillers to intravenous fluids and tetanus boosters.
The attending veterinarian said that the bolt had lodged nine inches deep in Chesney’s chest. If that bolt had hit the pony a mere inch or two in either direction, it might have caused a fatal injury by hitting a vital organ.
Chesney is a lovely section A Welsh mountain pony owned by Phil Roberts’ relative. He was busy munching grass in his own field with a 19-year-old thoroughbred friend in East Preston, Little Hampton, when he was shot. Robert did not realize Chesney had been shot until Wednesday evening’s feeding time.
Authorities and the RSPCA were called to investigate. Inquiries continue to be made throughout the area. Two boys had been seen loitering around the field’s vicinity at 2:00 p.m. but no connection to the incident has yet been made.
This was a huge shock. Poor Chesney has had to endure so much pain and then lots of injections, but it is so lucky that this wasn’t far worse – the bolt could easily have caused a much more serious injury. He is still being monitored as his heart rate is high and there is a risk of internal bleeding but we hope he will be OK.
RSPCA inspector Rebecca Carter said: “The police are still carrying out local inquiries and we urge anyone who knows who was behind this attack to contact them or the RSPCA.”
Information can be called in to the RSPCA on 0300 123 8018. Calls are in confidence. Police may be called on 101 quoting 1543 of 23/10.
Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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