Polly be­gins new life after cornfield res­cue

Sole sur­vivor of trio – ‘cru­elty of the worst kind’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Lor­can Lovett lor­can.lovett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A HORSE de­scribed as be­ing the most ema­ci­ated mare ever seen by a horse char­ity has bat­tled through to make a full re­cov­ery.

Polly is the sole sur­vivor of three ema­ci­ated bay mares found aban­doned in a large cornfield near to the M25 at Chal­font St Peter in Fe­bru­ary.

The RSPCA found all three horses in a ter­ri­ble con­di­tion. One mare had col­lapsed and was put to sleep at the scene and the other two – Polly and Penny – were brought to The Horse Trust’s Home of Rest For Horses in Princes Ris­bor­ough.

Penny’s con­di­tion con­tin­ued to de­te­ri­o­rate and she sur­vived for just over a week. Polly fought on and over­came is­sues with her tem­per­a­ture, pulse, res­pi­ra­tion and weight.

A spokesper­son for the trust said ev­ery time Polly gained a kilo­gram it was lost within days.

The spokesper­son said: “It has been a long road, ev­ery day of the last six months has pre­sented a new chal­lenge and it truly has been a case of tak­ing ev­ery day as it comes.”

Polly had sta­bilised at a near nor­mal weight of 466kg by late July and with the ef­forts of the trust’s staff she was turned out with the herd for the first time on Au­gust 6.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of the trust, Jeanette Allen, said it seemed such a long time since Polly ar­rived at the char­ity.

“Hers was a case of cru­elty of the worst kind,” she said. “Her con­di­tion was so ter­ri­ble that we were never to­tally sure if she would pull through un­til very re­cently.

“Ev­ery day Polly en­joys from now is a bonus. It won’t be the end of treat­ment for her, but it is the be­gin­ning of her new life.”

The Horse Trust is funded en­tirely by pub­lic do­na­tions. It costs the char­ity an av­er­age of £12 a day to look after each horse at the sanc­tu­ary. Visit www.horsetrust.org. uk.

RE­COV­ER­ING: Polly at the Horse Trust’s Home of Rest For Horses in Princes Ris­bor­ough where she has re­sponded well to treat­ment

CRU­ELLY TREATED: Polly was badly ema­ci­ated when she was first taken to the home in Princes Ris­bor­ough

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