Dis­tress at death of young pony

Passerby hor­ri­fied to see foal ly­ing in field but claims RSPCA did noth­ing

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Kather­ine Clemen­tine kather­ine.clemen­tine@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A DOG WALKER was hor­ri­fied to find a dead pony in a field on an out­ing in the Harefield coun­try­side.

The dead an­i­mal, be­lieved to be a six month old foal, was found amongst sev­eral ne­glected ponies, in­clud­ing its mother which was call­ing out in dis­tress.

The dog walker was ‘in­censed’ and in tears at the sight, on Spring­well Lane in Harefield, af­ter re­port­ing the same ponies to the RSPCA sev­eral times.

The woman, who asked not to be named, told the Gazette: “It was only born six months ago – still a foal. She was a tiny lit­tle thing as her mother is only a Shet­land pony.

“The day she was born we all saw her and she was no big­ger than a dog and she kept fall­ing over so we called her Whoops-a-Daisy. She must have been six months and and to see her like that. It’s just not nec­es­sary.

“We have to walk past this field with th­ese poor lit­tle ponies in and you want to feed them but that’s not the an­swer be­cause then the own­ers don’t feed them. They have a very small patch of grass and there’s six ponies in there now.

“They’re al­ways wait­ing at the fence hop­ing some­one will feed them.”

The small field in which the ponies are kept in, has ragwort grow­ing in it, a plant highly poi­sonous to horses if eaten.

The woman con­tin­ued: “I rang the RSCPA when I first saw the ponies. They pre­vi­ously put a sticker on the fence ask­ing the own­ers to feed them but it’s poi­sonous plants that I think killed this pony.”

The con­cerned passerby called the RSCPA again to in­form them of the car­cass but was told to ring Hilling­don Coun­cil.

She added: “I went down yes­ter­day and they’d dug a big hole and buried it. I want to do as much as I can to get th­ese ponies re­moved, they don’t feed them, they just keep breed­ing. They keep a stal­lion in the field with all the mares, so they all get preg­nant and have foals.

“I’ve con­tacted the Bri­tish Horse So­ci­ety (BHS) as I’ve given up on the RSPCA – it’s sup­posed to be preven­tion of cru­elty to an­i­mals but if they’d done some­thing about it this pony wouldn’t have died.”

The RSPCA con­firmed they had been alerted to the prob­lem in Oc­to­ber this year.

A spokesman said: “An in­spec­tor at­tended the lo­ca­tion and checked the an­i­mals but there was no ev­i­dence of any suf­fer­ing.

“A mem­ber of the pub­lic called our na­tional call cen­tre on De­cem­ber 1 to re­port a dead pony in a field in Harefield. A mem­ber of staff ad­vised the caller to re­port it to the coun­cil, which is re­spon­si­ble for dis­pos­ing of the pony’s body.

“We are sad­dened to hear of the death of this pony and understand the sight of the body must have been very up­set­ting for mem­bers of the pub­lic.”

Any­one who wishes to re­port con­cerns over an an­i­mal’s wel­fare can do so 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by call­ing the RSPCA on 0300 1234 999.

We have to walk past this field with the poor lit­tle ponies in and you want to feed them”

n DIS­TRESS­ING: Six horses were kept in the field in Spring­well Lane, Harefield

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