Hedon animal-lover Julie Flynn ordered to return rescued pony by police
AN ANIMAL-lover has revealed why she felt compelled to take a pony after it was attacked by dogs.
Julie Flynn, who has been rescuing horses for years, said the animal had been attacked by dogs and had bricks thrown at it by passers-by as it was tethered to a post on wasteland in east Hull.
Having contacted the RSPCA and exhausting all possible options of moving the animal to a safer environment, Mrs Flynn took matters into her own hands.
She said: "It's no life for a pony being tethered up all of the time, frightened and alone.
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"I went round and spoke to the man whose name was on the pony's documents as the owner and he said I could take the pony to my stables.
"Another man, who then claimed to own the horse, told me to give it back and it was reported as stolen.
"People had told me about the abuse from youths and that dogs had attacked it and I tried everything I could.
"I phoned the RSPCA and they spoke to the owners but felt it was OK where it was."
A spokeswoman for The RSPCA said they were contacted about the tethered pony, which had been attacked by two dogs on Sunday, October 7.
She said: "An inspector went straight out and the horse had a serious injury to its muzzle, which required immediate veterinary attention.
"The RSPCA called a vet and paid for initial emergency treatment in order to make it comfortable.
"We did ask the owner if they wanted to sign the horse over to us as the treatment was going to be expensive, but they declined.
"The owner paid for the horse to have additional treatment, which was carried out by the same vet on the scene."
She said while The RSPCA isn't in favour of tethering horses, providing it is done correctly, it isn't illegal and they had no further concerns for the animal's welfare.
However, Mrs Flynn, of Hedon, feels the black and white pony is still in danger being on land off Poorhouse Lane, near Preston Road.
She said: "At first, it seemed OK for me to take it and look after it until we could find somewhere better for it.
"But now I've been told by police it has to go back and the owners are arranging transport.
"In my eyes, I didn't steal it because the owner knew I was taking it but I have lost sleep over this.
"At the moment, it's being kept in a stable and I'm feeding it hay and carrots.
"People have said they are pleased I took it and I'm devastated it can't stay with me."
Mrs Flynn said her main aim was to offer the pony a safe place to live and she has even offered to buy it for £400.
She said: "I have four horses and I just couldn't stand by and let it be abused by people.
"I'm upset the RSPCA haven't done more because it is being taunted and it's not good for the animal.
"It's unbelievable it's come to this. The pony is happy at the stables and I can't bear to watch it leave."
A spokeswoman for Humberside Police said they had investigated the claims and they are taking no further action against Mrs Flynn.