Dis­tressed pony put to sleep af­ter be­ing dumped

Llanelli Star - - NEWS - Christie Ban­non

A COL­LAPSED pony with whip marks and a dis­lo­cated hip had to be put to sleep af­ter it was dumped in Llanelli.

Thought to be around three years old, the an­i­mal was left in the Bynea area of the town on Tues­day night.

Nathan Roberts, a dres­sage rider from Swansea who vol­un­tar­ily helps to res­cue horses, called the sit­u­a­tion “one of the worst I have had to deal with” af­ter a res­i­dent called him for help.

The pony was left at the bot­tom of a public foot­path and was strug­gling to breathe.

Mr Roberts said: “Af­ter my many years in horse res­cue most of it is sec­ond na­ture to me now but I was quite taken back at how bad this sit­u­a­tion was for this help­less pony.

“Af­ter ex­am­i­na­tion we came to the con­clu­sion that the mare was around three years old and should have had a foal at foot see­ing as she was bagged up and had milk.

“Her feet were in a bad state and she was also un­der­weight with clear whip marks across her hind end.

“Judg­ing by the skid marks on the bank and the whip marks on her it looked like they [the peo­ple lead­ing the horse] had tried forc­ing her to go up the bank next to the steps where she then fell or col­lapsed.

“A vet ar­rived and on fur­ther ex­am­i­na­tion it seemed she had dis­lo­cated her hip and pos­si­bly had bro­ken ribs.”

The pony didn’t have a mi­crochip mean­ing that there was no way to trace her own­ers.

An RSPCA inspector was called to ex­am­ine her be­fore the de­ci­sion was made to put her to sleep.

Mr Roberts added: “We were told by a res­i­dent that the path in which the mare was on would have been used the next morn­ing by chil­dren on their way to school as there was a school at the end of the path.

“My con­cerns are now where is her foal and what state is the foal in?”

An RSPCA Cymru spokesman said: “The RSPCA can con­firm that we re­ceived a call about a se­ri­ously in­jured equine on the evening of June 25.

“Sadly, the poor an­i­mal’s in­juries were so se­vere that the horse had to be put to sleep on in­de­pen­dent vet­eri­nary ad­vice.

“It is not clear who owned the equine - and no mi­crochip was ev­i­dent.

“As ever, any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­lated to an­i­mal wel­fare con­cerns or is­sues can call our 24-hour emer­gency line on 0300 1234 999.”

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