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Gran left Shocked After Unwanted Horse Was Left In Her Back Garden

A skinny young horse, that was covered in mites, was left in a garden belonging to an elderly woman that lived on Ford Green Road, Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire on April 27th.

The grandmother was very shocked to find an unwanted horse carelessly left in her back garden after her 13-year-old granddaughter bought it off the internet when she saw an advert online.

It was only after the horse had arrived unannounced that the Grandmother discovered her teenage granddaughter had responded to an advert with her address, which stated that the horse was unwanted and would be put to sleep if no one came forward to care for him.

Unsure on what to do with the pony, the grandmother contacted World Horse Welfare who then got in touch with the RSPCA.

Horse stuck in back yard


On Thursday 10th May, the animal charity released pictures of the underweight pony left in the tiny backyard, among wheelie bins, garden furniture and a rabbit hutch.

Charlotte Melvin, the RSPCA inspector, said a man dumped the horse with no ‘words of advice, leaving a very shocked nan.’

‘We don’t know where the poor pony came from but he clearly was not treated well before being abandoned.’

‘We have come do a dead end in trying to find out further information so we are appealing for anybody who can help us to get in touch.’

Horse with RSPCA inspector


The abandoned pony has now been named Mr Melvin Andrews and is in the care of World Horse Welfare.

The field officer Rachel Andrews, who transported the pony to a safe place, said she hoped that this isn’t the start of a new trend.

‘We’re seeing sick young ponies being dumped and abandoned when their owners no longer want them and it would be a worry if online free ad sites are used in this way.’

Anyone who has any information is asked to call the RSPCA’s appeals line on 0300 123 8018 or World Horse Welfare at 08000 480 180.