Pony tale of kindness
Weybridge: Emaciated Dez, left for dead in a ditch, defies the odds and is back on his feet after huge Facebook support from the public
AN emaciated pony that was dumped in a bush and left for dead is on the way to recovery – thanks to the determination of a girl from an equestrian centre and the generosity of the public. Thousands of pounds have been raised to pay for Dez – named after Desborough Island where he was found – to have treatment. Dez the ‘lucky pony’, as he has been dubbed on a Facebook page set up in his honour, has taken his first steps since the ordeal last month. Those steps were taken at the Royal Veterinary College where Dez is receiving specialist treatment. Dez, a coloured cob, thought to be five to eight months old, was found on the Weybridge island by Lauren Firth of the Weybridge Equestrian Centre. Lauren and her mum Beverley, who owns the centre in Walton Lane, were called by police about a horse on the loose. They could not find anything but Lauren, 21, continued to search and went over to the island where she came across a woman who had found Dez dumped in a bush. “He was lying there in a heap,” said Lauren, “covered head to toe in mud. People were saying the RSPCA would come but I knew they wouldn’t take him and the police don’t like to get involved. I was the only one who had faith in him. People were saying he can’t stand up, he’s going to die but he was still eating and had no injuries.
“I couldn’t believe this little thing had been left in the bushes to die,” she added. “We don’t know how long he was there.”
With no visible injuries, they thought Dez would be able to stand but it quickly became apparent he was unable to hold his weight. Joined by people from the island’s Weybridge Rifle and Pistol Club, they lifted him into a van and took him back to a stable at the equestrian centre, where he was propped up with bales of hay. “He was so hungry, he was eating all the time,” said Beverley. “He was emaciated.” After three days Dez started to improve but still could not stand up. The women set up a Facebook and Go Fund Me pages to raise money for his treatment and the response has been overwhelming. Dez was transferred to the Royal Veterinary College, in London, where he has been recovering well and walked for the first time last week. Now they hope the fundraising will continue so he can regain his full strength and come to live at the equestrian centre. Lauren said: “Someone goes to visit him every other day. Dez is cheeky. He knows me now and he always wants carrots and tries to nibble me.”
Dez res: The rescued pony is well on the way to
recovery at the Royal Veterinary College.