A pony thought to have been abandoned after she was found wandering the roads in Norfolk has been offered a secure home by the British charity Redwings.
The tiny pony, thought to be between three and four months old, was found roaming the streets of Diss by a local family at the end of May.
They moved her to safety by placing her in their back garden until the authorities could arrive to collect her, and even gave her an umbrella to use as a shelter.
They named her Lottie.
She was severely underweight, weighing just 49kg, and was suffering from diarrhoea and dehydration.
No owner could be located, and Lottie was taken to the Redwings Reception Centre in Norfolk for immediate treatment from the charity’s vets.
She has now been signed over to Redwings by the British RSPCA.
It is suspected that she was deliberately abandoned.
RSPCA animal welfare officer Craig Plumley said: “This little pony was probably abandoned because her irresponsible owners did not want to pay for vet treatment to get her better.
“It is cruel and heartless and we would still like to hear from anyone who knows where she came from and who owned her.”
Redwings senior field officer Julie Harding said: “Poor little Lottie had a body condition score of just 0.5 when she was found. Who knows how long she had been left to her own devices?
“It is unbelievable to think that someone could heartlessly abandon such a young pony like this. We are just so glad she was found when she was – huge thanks go to the family who took her in and protected her, it’s no exaggeration to say that you may well have saved her life.”
Anyone with any information on Lottie’s previous owner should call Redwings on 0300 1234 999.
Those wishing to donate towards Lottie’s care can do so from this link: http://www.redwings.org.uk/donations.php?appeal_id=71x