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

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS - by Char­lotte Tal­bot char­lotte.tal­bot@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.

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