A herd of homeless ponies has been rounded up after being found wandering through Oxfordshire farmland.
The RSPCA is now appealing for help to track down the ponies’ owner. They are not microchipped.
The group of 5 mares, thought to range in age from 5 to 12, was discovered loose in Burford last week (11 March). Farmers had managed to herd them into a fallow field, but the dry-stone walling was low and the ponies could have escaped on to the roads.
“Thames Valley Police seized them and signed them over to the RSPCA’s care,” said inspector Doug Davidson. “The vet found that 2 of them were lame, 1 severely, and another was severely emaciated.”
“I would really like to speak to the owner of these ponies, [or] anyone who recognises them or knows who owns them,” said Inspector Davidson. “Sadly this sort of incident is not uncommon. The country is in the grip of a horse crisis with horses regularly being dumped dead or dying, and charities have to pick up the pieces.”
Anyone with information should contact tel: 0300 1238018