Pony put down after suspected dog attack

Cissbury Ring at Findon. Picture: Stephen Goodger
Cissbury Ring at Findon. Picture: Stephen Goodger

A pony had to be put down after a suspected dog attack on Cissbury Ring, in Worthing, over the weekend.

The incident occurred at about 8pm on Saturday, April 22, according to Sussex Police.

It is believed the dog, thought to be off its lead, chased the pony before injuring it.

A Facebook post on the Sussex Horse Community page said the pony had to be put down as a result of its injuries.

Findon Valley resident Mark Friend-James said he often keeps an eye on the ponies on Cissbury Ring and said there are ‘no excuses’ for what happened.

He said: “I am one of the ‘lookerers’ at Cissbury and I spend many hours with my two dogs on Cissbury checking on the ponies.

“I ensure they are both fully under control at all times.

“All entrances to the ring are fully signposted so in my opinion there are no excuses for this terrible event to happen.”

Sussex Police confirmed they were aware of the incident.

A police spokesman said: “Police received a report at around 8pm on Saturday, April 22, that a pony had been attacked by a dog at Cissbury Ring.

“The pony received injuries to its leg.

“An investigation is currently ongoing.”

The Herald approached Adur and Worthing Council’s dog warden for comment.

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