Pony 'being eaten alive by maggots' makes remarkable recovery

A pony that was found earlier this year being ‘eaten alive by maggots’ has made a remarkable recovery, say World Horse Welfare.

Buggy was weak and covered in maggots when he was found (Pic: World Horse Welfare)

Buggy was weak and covered in maggots when he was found (Pic: World Horse Welfare)

Buggy, a young piebald colt, was found collapsed in a field in North Yorkshire in May this year. He was incredibly underweight, suffering from a terrible skin condition and had maggots on his skin and under his coat.

He was immediately transported to a local vets for treatment, and when he was well enough, transferred to World Horse Welfare’s Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Blackpool to begin his rehabilitation.

Vets thought Buggy could have only been a few days from death (Pic: World Horse Welfare)

Vets thought Buggy could have only been a few days from death (Pic: World Horse Welfare)

Nearly seven months later, Buggy has responded incredibly well to treatment. His skin has completely healed and he is now a happy and healthy youngster. He still has a way to go in terms of his recovery, but he loves greeting visitors and volunteers to Penny Farm and has also had a starring role in the centre’s Christmas pantomime.

Sarah Tucker, the World Horse Welfare Field Officer who helped rescue Buggy said: “I found little Buggy laying down on the floor. He looked very very thin and when I walked up to him, I could smell a real infection smell – it was quite putrid.

Now safe at Penny Farm, Buggy has come on leaps and bounds (Pic: World Horse Welfare)

Now safe at Penny Farm, Buggy has come on leaps and bounds (Pic: World Horse Welfare)

“He was very weak and I managed to catch him quite easily. As soon as I started to examine him, I could see that there were maggots on his skin and underneath his coat. He was so poorly the vets think he probably wouldn’t have survived if he’d been left much longer.”

Despite their best efforts, World Horse Welfare haven’t managed to track down Buggy’s owners.

Buggy has been helping out with the Christmas fun at Penny Farm (Pic: World Horse Welfare)

Buggy has been helping out with the Christmas fun at Penny Farm (Pic: World Horse Welfare)

To help ponies like Buggy this Christmas, you can donate to World Horse Welfare’s Christmas appeal here

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