An emaciated pony has been rescued by Rainbow Bridge in Wilmington after no other animal charity would take the animal when it was on ‘death’s door’.
The female pony, who has not yet been named by the equine rescue centre, was found tied to a gate post of a Surrey livery centre on Tuesday (June 4). She had been dumped there but the livery centre was unable to care for her.
Julie Karimi, founder of Rainbow Bridge Equine Rescue, said, “The RSPCA and World Horse Welfare weren’t able to help.
“The girl who phoned from the livery yard said she had called a number of charities and none had been able to take her. We paid for her transport here to Wilmington.”
“We didn’t really have the room for her but she would have been put to sleep if we didn’t take her – I couldn’t let that happen.”
There was not a stable available for the poorly pony, but as the weather is now warmer and the other horses are in good health, they were moved to the field to make room.
Julie explained the pony was in a very bad condition and had been neglected for a long time.
She said, “She is emaciated.
“You can see her spine.
“She has also got the worst teeth I have ever seen. We have got the dentist coming out tomorrow.”
The pony also has large teats, which suggest she has either recently had a foal or is about to give birth.
Julie said, “We are really hoping it is not the latter because she wouldn’t survive the birth in her current state.”
Julie and Melanie Jarvis- Vaughan, who helps at the rescue centre, rely entirely on donations to run Rainbow Bridge and often struggle to make ends meet.
Melanie said, “She has cost us £200 overnight. The vet cost £144.40 just to come out and see her.
“Her special high-fibre food costs £30 a bag and that won’t last that long.
“She is also going to need dental treatment.”
Rainbow Bridge is appealing for donations and wants help naming the pony in return - see below for details.
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