A LOCAL lottery winner has hit out at irresponsible pet owners after two ponies were abandoned near Gobowen.
Sue Schofield from Rhosweil, is calling on the owner of two white ponies to come forward after the animals were left standing knee-deep in mud in a field on the old A5 in Henlle. She believes the animals were abandoned over a week ago without food or water and will die if the weather gets worse.
But Mrs Schofield, who became a New Year’s Day millionaire with her husband, James, said the problem is much deeper, commenting: “There is no excuse for pet owners, there is help out there. I imagine they [the ponies] are not owned by anyone; I have asked around but nobody seems to know who they belong to.”
She continued: “These ponies are wet, cold, very muddy and at risk of injury from broken buckets and fencing posts and barbed wire. They have no fresh water, there is no food there. The owners need a kick up the backside.
“If I had some fields and land I would rescue them and say [to the owners] they are here and they are ok.”
The plight of the ponies comes just two weeks after a horse died in a neighbouring field after its herd had been seemingly neglected.
Mrs Schofield said the herd were still living in the same conditions and said the RSPCA were “as much use as a hole in the head” for their response to the issue.
She added: “People would be appalled that in the times we live in there are animals being neglected.”
An RSPCA spokeswoman said the situation was “ongoing”, adding: “We are keeping a regular, close eye on these horses and are satisfied they are being fed and watered and are not in immediate danger. A vet has attended and was satisfied with their condition.
“We are continuing to monitor and look into the situation though, to ensure they are being taken care of.”