AN outraged landowner has spoken of her disgust after a thug repeatedly punched a Shetland pony in front of his friends.
Heidi the pony was grazing when she was targeted by the attacker, who jumped on her back twice, and then punched the pony repeatedly when she threw him off.
Witnesses say the vile attacker was being “egged on by a group of bystanders”.
Following the attack, the attacker and the bystanders fled the scene.
Jane Gregory, who allows the owner of Heidi to keep her on her land in Loxley, Sheffield, said she was disappointed and upset at the attack.
“Heidi’s owner advertised for somebody with some land where she could keep her for free, and as I have three-and-a-half acres I said she could come here to graze, so I am really disappointed this has happened,” she said.
“To have heard what happened to Heidi is heartbreaking — it disgusts me.
“It is the punching I find very hard to grasp. I hope the police catch who did this.
“There was a group outside the field and then one of them jumped over and jumped on Heidi’s back twice.
“When he was bucked off he started punching her while the others looked on.”
A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “Police were contacted regarding an incident involving a pony that took place on Loxley Road.
“It has been reported to police that a group of men kicked and punched the horse, causing it distress. Officers have spoken to the owner of the horse and are making further inquiries into the incident.”