Three ponies removed from a field to “prevent suffering”

PUBLISHED: 17:33 26 February 2014 | UPDATED: 17:34 26 February 2014

A skewbald mare aged between two and three years, and two other ponies, were removed from a Hatfield field by the RSPCA

A skewbald mare aged between two and three years, and two other ponies, were removed from a Hatfield field by the RSPCA

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Three neglected ponies were removed from a Hatfield field to prevent further suffering.

This chestnut mare was one of three ponies, of a group of 13, which were removed by the RSPCA in Hatfield after they failed to trace their ownersThis chestnut mare was one of three ponies, of a group of 13, which were removed by the RSPCA in Hatfield after they failed to trace their owners

The animals were removed from a patch of private grazing land, which was water logged, off the A414 near the Galleria on Wednesday, February 19.

Their health had begun to deteriorate and RSPCA inspectors took the decision to remove.

The horses were part of a group of 13.

Inspector Tina Ward said: “These are lovely ponies but were lethargic and suffering from lice infestations, which means the remaining ponies are likely to have the same infestations.

A young black and white colt, measuring 11 hands high was removed from the field near the A414A young black and white colt, measuring 11 hands high was removed from the field near the A414

“We have been making enquiries for some time about these ponies’ ownership but never had any luck in tracing who they belong to.

“We had kept an eye on them but, as they had always been in good bodily condition we were not legally able to remove them.

“However, these ponies had really gone downhill so due to the lack of grazing, poor fencing and waterlogged conditions we needed to get them moved to protect their welfare.”

The three removed were a young black and white colt, measuring 11hh; a skewbald mare aged between two and three years; and a chestnut mare measuring 14hh.

The chestnut was also suffering from a leg injury.

A forth pony was very difficult to catch and inspectors are continuing to monitor it.

Anyone who has information about the owner of these ponies should contact the RSPCA inspectorate appeal line in confidence on 0300 123 8018.


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