“You couldn’t make this up,” Charlotte Melvin, an inspector with the RSPCA, said in a press release. “A 13-year-old girl responded to a plea on an online free ads site where a lady said she didn’t want the pony anymore and that he would be put to sleep if no one had him. She gave her nan’s address and the next thing that happened was a man just came along and dumped the pony there, no words of advice or anything like that — and leaving a very shocked nan.”
The poor pony was incredibly skinny and covered in mites, and the woman who found him in her backyard knew he needed help as quickly as possible. She contacted World Horse Welfare to come and rescue him, but when Rachel Andrews, a field officer with the rescue, realized she wouldn’t be able to get there right away, she asked the RSPCA to go and collect the pony first and care for him until he could be taken in by World Horse Welfare.