Fury as pregnant Shetland pony falls over and suffers a miscarriage after being ridden by a teenage yob for vile Snapchat video
- Pregnant Shetland pony was ridden by teenager in Cornwall for Snapchat video
- Mare could not take the riders weight and fell before suffering a miscarriage
- Shocking pictures showing mother and dead foal have been shared online
- Incident caused fury on social media and police and RSPCA are investigating
This is the horrific moment a pregnant Shetland pony falls to the ground and loses her foal after being ridden by a teenage yob.
Distressing footage, shared on Snapchat, shows the teen straddling the animal and waving at the person filming on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
The mare eventually falls to the ground after struggling to take the weight and she subsequently suffered a miscarriage.
Pictures of the stricken mare lying next to her dead foal were then shared on social media as part of an appeal to bring the culprits to justice.
A teenage yob has caused a Shetland pony to suffer a miscarriage after trying to ride the animal on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall for a Snapchat video, pictured
The pony struggled to take the weight and fell down, causing it to lose its foal. The incident has provoked fury online with the teenager and the person who filmed the video branded 'w*****s' for their actions
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A horrific image of the dead foal, pictured, after it had been miscarried has been shared on social media to highlight the dangers of riding the ponies
Young farmer Hollie Cornelius, of Saint Breward, Cornwall, wrote on Facebook: 'To the absolute w*****s who think it's funny to catch and ride heavily pregnant miniature Shetland's on the moors this is a result of your actions.
'The mare clearly couldn't take your body weight as she fell over half way through the video.
'So a dead foal and probably a dead mare by the morning!
'I hope it was worth it "for the Snapchat" and I hope you're happy with yourselves you absolute low lives!
'I'd just like to ask anyone else to be considerate of the animals on the moors please they do belong to people and they are not toys for your amusement.'
The pictures have been shared 14,000 times and thousands of shocked Facebook users replied to the post, asking for the police to be contacted.
Locals have urged people to leave Shetland ponies alone and said they are 'not toys' (file picture)
A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall police said: 'Police are investigating reports of unnecessary suffering to a protected animal on Bodmin Moor between Friday 5 and Monday 8 April.
'It was reported that the pony had been ridden by a member of the public causing it to fall.
'Later, the mare miscarried its unborn foal. Police inquires remain ongoing at this time.'
A spokesman for the RSPCA added: 'We urge anyone with any information to call the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.'