The British RSPCA called in firefighters to help lift a collapsed pony abandoned on an industrial estate in Newcastle.
“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,” RSPCA inspector Claire Hunt said.
It was touch and go for the emaciated mare because of her condition, 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, in Riversdale Court, Newburn on February 27. They called the RSPCA.
“This pony was in a terrible state,” Hunt said. “She was extremely thin and had no energy at all. It certainly didn’t bode well for her.”
As the pony could not stand, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service were called. They used specialist lifting equipment to get her into a horse box.
“We are extremely grateful to them, as always,” Hunt said. “They were extremely helpful and professional and we couldn’t have rescued her without them.”
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.
“It was touch and go for Daisy,” Hunt says. “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.”
Call Inspector Claire Hunt on the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and if you have any information about Daisy.