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Abandoned pony rescued by Burnley horse charity
A SHETLAND pony found in ‘unsuitable’ and ‘potentially life-threatening’ conditions has been rescued by a Briercliffe charity.
The anonymous pony, which is believed to be around five years old, was taken into by inspectors from the Horses and Ponies Protection Association (HAPPA).
The group has now launched a competition to name the male, which is currently undergoing rehabilitation at its Shores Hey Farm rescue centre.
Equine inspector David McCormick said the public were to thank for the pony being brought into care.
He said: “Local concern had grown about this little pony who had been unsuitably tethered a number of weeks ago during twilight hours.
“A concerned passer-by had been regularly checking on the pony to see if his owners came to tend to him but after time passed and there had been no one along to visit they decided to bring the animal’s plight to HAPPA’s attention."
The pony was starting to lose a lot of weight and he was at considerable risk remaining in the situation he was in.
A seterinary surgeon attended the scene and confirmed that if the pony was to stay where he was he would continue to lose condition and weight which would be serious and potentially life-threatening.
Notices have been issued to try and re-unite the pony with an owner, but to no avail.
A special rug has been purchased for him as the centre prepares for winter.
Centre Manager Julie Jackson said: “He is so small and underweight that he was beginning to feel the cold.
“This is unusual for a Shetland as they are a native breed and traditionally would be able to sustain themselves in our climate.
“He is progressing well with our care, but still has a long way to go.”
To help name the pony, post your suggestions on www.facebook.co.uk/horsesponiesprotectionassociation or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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