A pony that was barely able to walk after getting his back legs tightly tangled in wire fencing had a lucky escape after RSPCA rescuers came to his aid.
Passers-by noticed the stricken pony in the field close to Irthlingborough Road, Wellingborough, on Sunday evening (February 21) and were immediately concerned to see him struggling to move due to the wire around his back legs.
They called the RSPCA for help and animal rescuer Inspector Beckie Harlock arrived to assess the situation, however, she soon saw the wire was too thick to be cut with standard wire cutters.
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Beckie said: “This poor pony was finding it very difficult to take any steps at all as the wire was so tightly tangled around his back legs.
"He really needed our help because if he’d been left any longer the wire may have cut into his skin and caused some serious damage.
“Once I realised the wire was too thick for the standard wire cutters that I keep in my van, I knew I’d need to ask the fire service for assistance as they have very strong heavy duty cutters that would make light work of the wire and quickly free the pony.
“Luckily, they were able to spare some time to meet me at the field.
"I’d put a headcollar on the pony to keep him still and calm and they were able cut him free in no time.
"I checked him over and he wasn’t hurt by the wire which was lucky, and I made sure to clear the paddock of any more loose wire I could see.”
She added: “We’re really grateful to people who contact us when animals are in need of our help.
"I’m really glad we were able to help this pony out and watch him wander off with his field mates.”
Throughout the winter months, the RSPCA expects to rescue thousands of animals from neglect, cruelty and suffering.
Already this winter, the charity has received more than 82,000 calls but calls to its rescue line are not stopping.
To support the RSPCA with its work, click here.
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