Pair of ponies rescued from Pattingham pond
Two ponies have been rescued after falling into a Wolverhampton pond where they had gotten stuck.
RSPCA inspector Vicki Taylor was called to help after the ponies were spotted stranded neck-high in the water in a garden in Great Moor Road, in Wolverhampton, on Sunday.
They had originally been spotted the day before, and one had been found to be injured.
She said: "The ponies had been found straying in Pattingham on Saturday night. Police were made aware and members of the public managed to get head collars on the ponies and called a vet to see to the filly’s injured leg.
"They were moved into a secure field while enquiries were made as to where they had come from.
“Unfortunately they then managed to escape and fell into a pond nearby. Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service attended and called me to help.”
She said: “The fire crew managed to get the ponies out using straps. They pulled the ponies out of the water and, thankfully, they weren’t badly injured.
“The vet checked them over and we moved them to boarding for the night to bed them down. They were exhausted and relieved to be somewhere safe and comfy for the night, and were fast asleep in no time at all.”
A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "The call came in at 10am on Sunday. Two horses were stuck in a pond at an address on Great Moor Road, Pattingham.
"Specialist water rescue and animal rescue crews from Tamworth, Cannock and Leek attended alongside a vet.
"They used straps to safely pull the horses from the water. As the owner could not be found they were left in the care of the RSPCA."
The ponies are now being cared for by staff at RSPCA Gonsal Farm Animal Centre, in Shropshire.
Vicki added: “If they have escaped from their home then we would love to hear from their owners and reunite them. If you recognise them please call us on 0300 123 8018.”
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