Wednesday 6 March 2013

A pony has been found emaciated and collapsed on a Newcastle industrial estate. It was ‘touch and go’ for the dark bay mare but she is now doing well at a specialist equine veterinary surgery.


The pony was spotted by a member of the public on Newburn Haugh Industrial Estate, Riversdale Court, Newburn on Wednesday (27 February). They called the RSPCA.


RSPCA inspector Claire Hunt said: “This pony was in a terrible state. She was extremely thin and had no energy at all.


“I think she must have been dumped the previous day and gone down overnight as there were lots of marks on the grass where she was trying to get back to her feet.


“It certainly didn’t bode well for her.”


As the pony couldn’t stand Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called. They used their specialist lifting equipment to get her into a horse box.


“We are extremely grateful to them, as always. They were extremely helpful and professional and we couldn’t have rescued her without them,” said inspector Hunt.


The pony – called ‘Daisy’ by those caring for her – was transported to the vets where she was put on a drip overnight. She is now eating and drinking and it appears the reason for her poor condition was dehydration and starvation.


The pony was wearing a navy rug and is microchipped but no owner details have been registered so at the moment there is no way of tracing them.


RSPCA inspector Hunt said: “It was touch and go for Daisy. I would be lying if I said it didn’t make me very angry. All she needed was the most basic of things, food and water.


“We want to hear from anyone who saw anything or recognises her and knows who she belongs to. If you can help please call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for me.”


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