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"Emaciated" pony found dying whilst trying to give birth in Odiham

"Emaciated" pony found dying whilst trying to give birth in Odiham

Published by Lucinda Horsley at 2:03pm 23rd April 2019. (Updated at 2:25pm 23rd April 2019)

**WARNING: Upsetting images**

A pregnant pony was found dying whilst attempting to give birth in North Warnborough over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend.

Officers were called to Mill Lane yesterday (Monday 22) by passers-by who found the piebald (black and white) mare collapsed on the ground.

She was part-way through giving birth to her foal, with around 20 other horses in the field. 

A youngster was found standing beside her, who is thought to be her foal from last year.

RSPCA inspector Nikki Denham rushed to join the people who had gathered in the field and were desperately trying to help the pony by scooping water into her mouth, and trying to help her deliver her foal.

Inspector Denham said:

“In all my years as an RSPCA inspector, I’ve never seen anything quite so distressing and upsetting as this.

“The mare was painfully thin and collapsed on the floor, and she had only managed to partly give birth to her foal. Tragically, the foal had died during the birth, and it was just so upsetting that his lifeless little body had to be pulled out of the mare, who was in such a grave condition herself."

Dying pony Odiham
Tragically, the foal died during birth and the pony had to be put to sleep too. 

“The weather was really hot and the kind people who had found her had tried to give her water, and I called a vet out immediately in the hope there was something that could be done to save her."

Tragically, the pony was so emaciated and exhausted from the birth, as well as suffering with severe parasites, the vets made the decision to put her to sleep to end her severe suffering, with permission from the police.

Inspector Denham added:

“As a previous horse owner myself, I am shocked and completely appalled by this tragic incident. I’m so upset about it as I’ve never seen a thinner horse than this, and the most distressing aspect is that it was totally avoidable if her owner had given her the proper care and attention she so desperately needed.

“I’d like to thank the members of the public, some of whom were children, that stayed with the mare and showed her such kindness. Sadly they had to witness such a traumatic incident over what should have a been a very enjoyable and relaxing Bank Holiday for them."

The RSCPA say they are keen to hear from anybody with any information to lead them to who owns this mare.

The pony was not microchipped but if people can come forward with information that will help  the charity investigate.

"They can be assured they can contact me in complete confidence, by leaving a message for me on our inspector’s appeal line number on 0300 123 8018.”, Inspector Denham continued. 

“The RSPCA relies on the public to be our eyes and ears, and so it’s vital people keep reporting cruelty and neglect to us, and also come forward with essential information to help us investigate."

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