A Shetland pony has been rescued after he was seen pulling passengers along in a makeshift wheelie bin trap through a Cheshire town.

The trap consisted of a wheelie bin with the front cut away and the lid screwed down through the plastic. The bin was attached to the pony with two pieces of wood, fabric and a multitude of straps.

A group of men were stopped by police after they were caught with the small piebald pony attached to the bin and the RSPCA was notified.

Animal rescuer, RSPCA Inspector Pamela Bird attended the scene and called upon the help of an equine veterinary surgeon.

The vet found the pony to be healthy and uninjured but he was taken into possession by the police.

The pony, now named Tinker, was signed over into the charity’s care and has since been rehomed away from the Middlewich area.

Tinker is enjoying the company of another rescue horse at his new home called Cracker Jack.

“The community really pulled together and wanted to help the pony so I was so pleased when he was signed over into our care,” said Pamela.

“Tinker is so sweet and is doing really well and enjoying life with his new friend Cracker Jack. They are both enjoying grazing and are getting lots of attention. I’m so pleased to see how happy he is.”