Shetland pony with strangles tied to lampost and abandoned

  • A severely ill Shetland pony was tied to a lamppost and abandoned in Kenilworth on Saturday 10 September.

    The dark bay filly was found struggling for breath after being left near Rouncil Lane, Kenilworth, next to a livery yard.

    RSPCA inspector Jonathon Ratcliffe said: “I honestly thought the pony was dying in front of me when I arrived.

    “She was very unwell, lethargic and had discharge coming from her nose and mouth.”

    A vet was called and administered emergency treatment for strangles, paid for by the RSPCA.

    “It is quite simply disgusting behaviour for anyone to dump such a sick animal.

    “I would like to hear from anyone who recognizes the pony, who we believe to be less than two-years-old,” said inspector Ratcliffe.

    The mare is now receiving long-term treatment for strangles at Redwings Horse Sanctuary.

    Anyone with information should ring the RSPCA national cruelty and advice line leaving a message for inspector Jonathon Ratcliffe. Tel: 03001 234999

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