Loose ponies rounded up on New Year’s Eve
Police called in to help find the owners of animals found in lay-by
Villager Ian Convery has lambasted the owners for being ‘heartless’ but police confirmed the animals had not been abandoned and were duly returned to their owner. Semi-retired Mr Convery, who lives on Wheelers Orchard, was one of the first to spot these two equestrian escapees.
Mr Convery, who said he had spoken to two policemen over the incident, said: “It appears that in the very first few hours of this New Year after midnight, some heartless people abandoned two unkempt and malnourished black, brown and white ponies in Chalfont St Peter in a well secluded lay-by at the intersection of Rickmansworth Lane and the A413, near the Wagon and Horses Pub and the Esso/Tesco garage.
“The ponies it appears were cast adrift and let loose in this secluded area next to the main highway.”
Mr Convery also said they were ‘cast away’ without any winter coats on.
He added: “By daybreak on this first January day several members of the public had called the Police in as loose ponies by a main road is an obvious hazard and danger to people and the ponies themselves.”
He added: “From the pattern of hooves left by the ponies it appears the ponies might have been making their way home up towards Denham Lane/ Horne Hill but were delayed by darkness and lots of lush grass. Ponies have a remarkable ability to find their way home but also rarely pass up a chance to feed.”
“The poor policeman gets up at 6 o’clock to do his duty and the last thing he thought he would be doing is running around to chase these ponies,” he said.
And he added: “Somebody has to deal with it, on New Year’s Eve. It’s really rotten to the police, it’s a hazard to the public and I just find it very irksome.”
A police spokesperson said: “We were called at 9.41am to Copthall Lane to reports of horses in the road near the Wagon and Horses Pub. Police attended to get the animals safely under control and attempt to locate the owner. At around 1.45pm the owner came forward having realised the horses were missing and they were returned.”