A California SPCA is determined to find out who abandoned a horse and pony in Prunedale, Monterey County.
The SPCA for Monterey County is offering a $US1000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.
The horse and pony were first noticed on December 16 on Leafwood Road, off Paradise Road.
They were wandering loose through neighborhood properties and local residents did not recognize them.
The pair are now safe at the SPCA.
The pony is a seven-year-old palomino mare. She is thin, suffering from a tick infestation, and had likely never had dental care.
The horse is a 20-year-old bay gelding. He is also quite thin, covered in ticks, suffering from arthritis in both front knees, and has bad teeth.
If caught, the owners could potentially be charged under the California Penal Code with permitting animals to go without veterinary care, animal cruelty, and depriving the pair of food, water and shelter.
Anyone with information can contact the SPCA at 831-373-2631.