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Pony found abandoned in farmer’s field near Barcombe.

Friday 27 January

PonyAround 5pm on the evening of 25th of January a farmer walking his land found a pony had been abandoned in one of his fields in a remote spot. On checking the piebald Shetland Pony, she was found to have serious injuries to her rear quarters. The farmer contacted Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare who arranged for her to be taken to an equine veterinary practice for examination and treatment.

The injuries may have been caused by the pony recently giving birth.

Chief Executive, Nigel Mason said, ‘“It is possible that the pony strayed or escaped from her field. If this is the case then we appeal for the owner to make contact with us as a matter of urgency. However, if this pony has been deliberately abandoned then this constitutes a clear act of cruelty and we will do everything possible to ensure the irresponsible owner is brought to justice”.

He continued, “The veterinary bill will be covered by Raystede but is likely to run into a four figure sum.  Whilst I appreciate times are particularly hard for people, there is still no excuse to leave an animal to suffer in this way.  I implore people to seek help and advice from organisations like ourselves when they are having problems”.

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