AN abandoned pony found 'riddled with maggots' in a Northwich field has died as a result of neglect.

The RSPCA is investigating after the pony, nicknamed Tuesday by the staff who tried in vain to save her life, was found abandoned in a field off Hield Lane on Tuesday (September 22)

RSPCA inspector Pamela Bird said she was called to the field after being alerted by several members of the public.

She said: "Members of the public had spotted the Blagdon cob and were concerned about her weight and that she was struggling to walk.

"When I arrived I could see how skinny she was.

"She had terrible flystrike and was riddled with maggots.

"She was very quiet and shut down.

"It was heartbreaking to see her in such a sorry state."

The 12hh grey/roan pony, who is thought to have been around three to four years old, was taken into care and given veterinary treatment but vets found blood test results showed her to be very sick and that it would be touch and go.

Pamela added: "Someone has left Tuesday to get into this state and, instead of getting her the treatment and help she badly needed, simply dumped her in a field and washed their hands of her.

"It’s disgraceful.

"Vets did the best they could for her but she wasn’t eating and was getting sicker and sicker.

"Sadly, overnight on Tuesday, her body gave up the fight and she died.

"I’d like to hear from anyone who recognises the pony, knows where she came from or saw anything suspicious in the area overnight on Sunday or on Monday when we believe she was left here."

Anyone with information should call the RSPCA Appeal line on 0300 123 8018.