Four ponies – two mares and their foals – have been stolen from a charity’s rehoming centre.

The Blue Cross is appealing for help from the public to find the ponies who were taken from its Animal Rehoming Centre in Rolleston-on-Dove overnight on Thursday 8 September.

The charity is asking anyone local who may have seen any suspicious activity around the centre and anyone who may have been passing the centre by car on Dovecliff Road that may have dashcam footage from that night.

They are urging the public to make the ponies “too hot to handle”.

“It is vital to have them returned to the care of the centre as soon as possible,” said a Blue Cross spokesman. “The team are devastated and want them back safe and sound.”

The ponies are two adult mares who were taken along with their two foals who are estimated to be around three to four months of age.

They are all cob types and adult mare ‘Ravenclaw’ is a blue roan with a pink muzzle and ‘Rowena’ is a piebald who is mostly white with black patches. Foal ‘Phoenix’ is a bay with a white blaze on his face and white socks from the knee down and ‘Fawkes’ is a piebald who is grey with dark patches on her hind.

If you see the group of ponies or have any information on their theft, call Staffordshire Police on 101, quoting crime reference number 212 20 118 366 / incident number: 202 20 909-0144.

You can also contact Blue Cross in Rolleston on 0300 777 1520.

“Please do not approach them directly but if seen or witnessed any activity overnight around the centre call the police,” added the Blue Cross spokesman.

2022 is the 125th anniversary of Blue Cross, originally ‘Our Dumb Friends League’. The charity formed to help vulnerable pets and their owners and it continues this work today across its rehoming, clinical, animal behaviour, pet bereavement support and educational work.

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