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An eight-month-old horse named Cindy was recently abandoned in the village of Clowne, England, but it is what had happened before that abandonment that leaves one speechless in the face of a preposterous and unexplainable act of animal cruelty. The animal suffered what an animal inspector called the “worst acid burns” he had ever seen, leaving her skin in the most painful condition. Fortunately, the filly was then spotted by a kind person who transported her to an address near Doncaster, South Yorkshire to get her help, Express reports.

“The injuries sustained by this poor horse are absolutely appalling, and the worst I’ve ever seen,” said RSPCA inspector Keith Ellis. “Whatever the substance was has caused her skin to literally slew off of her face and head.”

 

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“I’ve never seen an animal who has been attacked with a caustic substance like this,” he concluded.

According to the reports, it remains unclear who maltreated the animal in such a ghastly manner, but it is believed that Cindy must have suffered prolonged abuse for at least two days before she was found.

Currently, Cindy is in the care of vets at Rainbow Equine Hospital in North Yorkshire, and the team is doing everything to nurse the filly back to health and give her a second chance at a life. The vets are treating injuries on Cindy’s head as well as removing lice and internal parasites from her weak, emaciated body. They have also contacted the RSPCA about the case and the appalling scale of the horse’s injuries.

So far, the filly has undergone a successful surgery to clean all the injured areas and remove contamination. She has also had a couple of plasma transfusions and continues to get medication both in her food and via an intravenous catheter.

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“Otherwise, she’s just been relaxing and doing what she does best, eating!” the vet team writes. “She’s been out when the sun is shining and rarely lifts her head.”

 

Cindy is now thankfully safe from further abuse and receiving the best possible care. The person who had committed the crime of throwing acid in the horse’s face, however, is not identified and, as a consequence, is still a threat to animals – and to people, since there is a strong link between violence against animals and violence against people. Whoever is responsible for abusing Cindy has to be brought to justice and the officials in charge of the case should make absolutely every effort to make that happen.

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Click here to sign the petition asking Clowne officials to do all they can to find Cindy’s abuser and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law!

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