Monday 11 March 2013

A pony has been found emaciated and collapsed on wasteland in Newbiggin by the Sea.  The animal – which was tethered – was in such poor condition that a veterinary surgeon advised he should be put to sleep at the scene.


The brown and white, or ‘skewbold’, pony was spotted by a member of the public on Rydal Mount on Wednesday (6 March). They called the RSPCA and local authority animal welfare officer who called out a veterinary surgeon.


RSPCA inspector Tony Jackman said: “This pony was tethered in a completely unsuitable area as the ground was waterlogged and there was no grazing available.


“It seems he has collapsed due to his weakened condition as no supplementary food appears to have been provided.


“I suspect he may have been at this location for some time, but has lost condition recently leading to his collapse.”


The pony had been gelded but did not have a microchip so at the moment there is no way of tracing his owner. Anyone who knows who he belonged to should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for inspector Jackman.


He said: “We are very concerned for the welfare of horses which are tethered. They rely completely on their owners being responsible and visiting regularly.


“It is very distressing to those involved in animal welfare to be faced with situations such as this as they can be so easily avoided by providing a suitable diet, water and worming regimes.”


The discovery follows that of another horse dumped on a Newcastle industrial estate emaciated and collapsed the Wednesday before (27 February). ‘Daisy’ – a dark bay mare – was spotted on Newburn Haugh Industrial Estate by a member of the public who called the RSPCA. She is still being treated at an equine vets for the results of dehydration and starvation.


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