Gunman sought after Shropshire pony found shot
Police are hunting a gunman who shot a pony in the face with a metal pellet.
Owner Marilyn Johnston said 11-year-old Spider, who is kept to the north of Wellington, Shropshire, was found injured on Monday evening.
Mrs Johnston said: "It is heartbreaking to think that somebody can do something like this."
She said it would not be known for six to 12 months whether any bones had been broken and West Mercia Police has appealed for information.
Mrs Johnston said: "He's such a sociable pony that nobody dislikes him.
"We noticed he had metal sticking out of the bone on the front of his face.
"When I took a closer look, it was actually metal. It was a pellet from a gun."