The hunt is on for the cruel thugs who shot a horse with two arrows causing it to die.
Pearly, the 19-year-old Haflinger mare, was found at an equestrian club in Darwin with two arrows piercing the side of her body.
Fannie Bay Equestrian Club shared the sickening photos to Facebook saying Pearly was a ‘gentle and well loved pony’ who taught a number of children to ride.
‘This horrible sight greeted one of our young members,’ the club wrote on social media.
‘[We] are shocked and horrified that someone could be so cruel, evil and stupid.
‘This idiot is dangerous.
‘RIP Pearly, you brought joy to many. You didn’t deserve this.’
Pearly received emergency surgery but died Wednesday night because the arrows were too long and caused severe internal damage.
Fannie Bay Equestrian Club president Mel Brenton said the club was in disbelief that someone would shoot a beloved children’s pet with a bow.
‘I’ve been a member of the club since 1979 and I’ve never seen anything like this,’ she said.
‘It has completely shocked and shattered the club and people are extremely sad, devastated and angry.
‘It’s not an accident, she was shot deliberately not once but twice. To do this to a defenceless animal makes me sick to my stomach.
People like to hunt and enjoy archery, but this isn’t sport, it’s animal cruelty. I’m disgusted, our kids are sad – she teaches kids to ride and was a beautiful animal who deserved better.’
Ms Brenton said the club was first and foremost worried about the safety of members and other horses while the shooter was still on the loose.
‘It worries be as the mother of a young child and the owner of a horse in the same paddock, but all kinds of people use this community space who are at risk,’ she said.
While the police are investigating, the equestrian club have called for people to spread the word, hoping someone in Darwin bow hunting clubs are able to identify the shooter.
‘Someone’s got to know something, if you do get in touch with the police,’ Ms Brenton said.
‘We want to find this lowlife scum and get justice for Pearly.’
Northern Territory Police said they were are investigating an incident of animal cruelty that occurred between 8:30 pm on 10 October and 4:45 pm on 11 October
‘The incident involved a horse being shot with two arrows, which resulted in it having to be put down. The arrows have since been seized by forensics and investigations are continuing,’ it said.
The club previously described the mare as a ‘Barbie Pony’ with a ‘long flowing flaxen mane and tail’.
‘[Pearly] has taught [the little girls] to care for a pony by themselves and the enrichment it brings,’ the club wrote.