Suffering miniature Shetland pony dumped in Northumberland

Suffering miniature Shetland pony dumped in Northumberland


The black and grey mare was spotted by a passer-by on Gowk Lane, Belsay early on the morning of Tuesday 30th May. They secured her to a gate and gave her food and water then reported her to police, who contacted the RSPCA.

RSPCA inspector Helen Bestwick said: “This poor pony was in a terrible state. She had a broken left hind leg and as if that wasn’t bad enough also had an ulcer on her right eye, was infested with lice and in poor body condition.

“Vet opinion is that the leg was broken for at least a couple of days as it was very swollen, and that the ulcer on her eye was probably caused by her lying down a lot. She also had a temperature and infection.

“Sadly, it was their view that she should be put to sleep on welfare grounds.”

She is described as 9hh (36 inches). As she had no microchip it’s impossible for us to trace her owner at this time.

“I’m hoping that someone will know who she belongs to, or have seen something that might help us to trace the person or people who dumped this poor pony instead of providing her with veterinary treatment,” said RSPCA inspector Bestwick.

“There was signs that a vehicle had been pulled up onto the grass verge, and sawdust scattered around which could have come from a horse trailer.

“Anyone with any information should call us on our inspector appeal line 0300 123 8018 and ask to leave a message for me.”

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