AN APPEAL has been launched after a horse was found with a 50mm nail in its head after it was shot with a nail gun in Somerset.

Avon and Somerset Police is hoping to find witnesses to the incident which took place in Foxcote, near Radstock.

A nail gun was fired at the horse's head in a field between green Street and Single Hill.

The incident took place between 4.30pm on Saturday, December 28, and 2.30pm the following day.

A vet was called to treat the animal.

The horse has suffered scarring but is recovering.

PCSO Mike Storey, from the neighbourhood team, said: “This was a nasty attack on an animal, with no apparent motive.

“Thankfully incidents of this nature are rare, but we would urge horse owners in the area to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call 101 and quote reference 5220004702