Pony rescued in Greysteel could be put down

The Shetland pony
The Shetland pony

A pony taken to safety by a Greysteel man after it was found running wild on the main Derry road could be put down if it cannot be re-homed, it was has been revealed.

The pony was taken to safety by Anthony Magill after it was spotted running on the Clooney Road in Greysteel on April 26th.

Afraid the animal could cause a serious accident, Mr Magill managed to steer the pony to safety, into the garden next to his house. He contacted the PSNI and animal welfare officials, including the local Council official. Attempts were made to trace the owner, but with no luck.

A spokesperson for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council said: “Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Animal Welfare Department took a brown stallion Shetland pony into possession upon veterinary advice on 5th June 2015.

“At a court hearing in Limavady Courthouse on Wednesday 29th July 2015, an Order was passed by the District Judge permitting Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Animal Welfare Department to dispose of said animal by way of giving it to an animal sanctuary. Or, where it is not possible to re-home the pony due to reasons of ill-health, or if Council is unable to re-home the pony, it may be humanely euthanized.

“Council is currently abiding by a 14-day appeal period before any further action is taken.”

The welfare officer told the court he suspected the pony may have come down from the mountain, and no one had so far claimed responsibility for it.

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