The RSPCA is urgently appealing for the public's help after a sick Shetland Pony was found abandoned on the side of the road in Greater Sydney on Saturday afternoon.
The pony was dumped on Bailey Ave, West Hoxton between approximately 3:50pm to 3:55pm on Thursday, July 29, according to a Facebook post on the RSPCA's page.
An equine veterinarian was immediately called to the location but tragically deemed the pony's condition 'cruel to be kept alive', and it was later humanely euthanised.
Police are on the lookout for a red coloured vehicle
A vehicle has been identified in relation to the abandoned animal.
The RSPCA said on Facebook a vehicle was seen with a trailer containing the pony.
It is described as a dark orange or red coloured ute without a canopy pulling a dark grey single axle box trailer with a cage on top.
According to the post, the driver appeared to be a man with brown hair and a stocky build.
"The ute travelled down Twenty Ninth Ave and crossed a small bridge before turning left onto Thirty Second Ave and then right onto Bailey Ave," the RSPCA said alongside a map of the area.
"The pony was located later that afternoon by inspectors on Twenty Third Ave at the location in RED on the map."
The RSPCA said inspectors would like to speak to the driver of the ute matching the description provided, or any persons who may have information in relation to a pony matching the description and photo.
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