Home sought for foals dumped in field in Thurcaston Lane, Rothley
A home is being sought for two young ponies abandoned in a field.
The foals were dumped at Thurcaston Lane, Rothley, on land owned by Ann Hart, about nine weeks ago.
Mrs Hart has been looking after the colts with the help of a horse-owning friend, but says they need a long-term solution.
Mrs Hart, from Rearsby, said she had approached the RSPCA, The Horse Society and a number of sanctuaries but none had been able to help.
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She said: "They have been left in my field and I have no idea where they came from. I've reported it to the police but they don't know who they belong to.
"I've been putting water out for them, but I can't look after them. They need somewhere permanent. I am utterly out of ideas."
Mrs Hart said she put up a Horse Society abandonment notice shortly after she found the ponies. The notice gives the owners 14 days to come and claim them, but nobody has come forward.
Mrs Hart's friend, Ann McKay, has been helping her try to find a home for the ponies.
Mrs McKay said: "It is such a shame. They have been dumped probably because their last owner could not look after them.
"One of them has either an injury or a deformed hoof which might need attention but we don't want to call in a vet to look at them because that would be very expensive and they are someone else's responsibility.
"We called the RSPCA but they said that, as the animals were not in danger, there was nothing they could do.
"They are young – this year's foals – and need a home. They do need worming.
"We have tried so many things but haven't been able to find someone to give them a good home.
"Someone suggested we should have them put down, but we don't want to do that if it can possibly be avoided. That would be awful."
The Mercury contacted Pablo's Horse Sanctuary, at Long Clawson, near Melton.
The charity is currently caring for about 70 horses and ponies whose owners can no longer look after them.
Founder Carole Fielding said: "This kind of story is sadly all too common.
"I will see if there is anything I can do to help.
"There have been lots of other calls recently and we are trying to sort those. Some are about ponies trapped by flood water with out food."
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