Eight ponies that were rescued earlier this year in Wales have been signed over to the permanent care of Redwings and the RSPCA.
The ponies - including one foal and a pregnant mare - were rounded up and rescued from a site on Gelligaier Common in South Wales in April this year after concerns for the group's welfare were raised.
Although the group were being given supplementary feeding at the site from local rescue workers, it was clear that the winter was taking its toll and vets deemed that the ponies would suffer if they continued to live there. The Caerphilly Council used their powers under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 to enable the horses to be removed.
The RSPCA made appeals to try and find those responsible for the horses, but no one came forward. After a lengthy legal process, seven of the ponies were signed over to the permanent care of Redwings, while the RSPCA are looking to rehome the remaining pony.
The ponies taken to Redwings will have a home for life at the sanctuary. All of the ponies were in poor condition with heavy worm burdens when they were rescued, but have since received veterinary care and are making a good recovery.
Commenting on the rescue, Redwings Head of Welfare and Senior Veterinary Surgeon, Nic de Brauwere, said: “There are so many ponies in need of help on the Common. It was a tough winter of course, but this sadly combined with the actions of a number of irresponsible owners who are never brought to task for the indiscriminate breeding and poor management of their ponies.
“Redwings is operating at capacity and we do not really have any spare spaces, however these poor mares and foals were in such a bad way we just had to help them. The RSPCA and the Council did an amazing job in taking action so swiftly, which to my mind saved these ponies’ lives. They will be sure of a happy and long life here with us at Redwings, which is the least they deserve after all they have been through.”
Caerphilly CBC Cabinet Member, Cllr Nigel George added, “I’d like to thank all parties involved for their efforts in ensuring a positive outcome to this situation, and we’re so pleased to hear the ponies are making a good recovery at their new homes with Redwings and the RSPCA”.
To support Redwings in caring for these needy ponies, please donate via their website www.redwings.org.uk/donating or by texting “HORS30 £5” to 70070.