Pony found 'left for dead' in Norfolk

Pony found 'left for dead' in Norfolk

Published by KLFM
6:46am 13th May 2020.

The RSPCA is battling to save a pony who was left for dead in a nature reserve in Norfolk last month. 

Nightingale was abandoned in a nature reserve in Great Ryburgh, Norfolk over two weeks ago and she was rescued by RSPCA inspector Jason Finch.

She was left on grassland and the concerned landowner contacted the RSPCA to help.

The RSPCA along with a vet, a field officer and rescuers from Redwings, attended and managed to round up the pony using pen sections in order to catch the terrified pony and take her to a private boarding facility for urgent treatment.

Jason said: 

"Nightingale had been left to die. We were shocked at how emaciated she was and she was clearly terrified by her ordeal. 

"We think she is aged between 10 -15 years old and she was very skinny and blind in one eye. She had diarrhoea and she also has a sinus infection which caused discharge from her nose and she had an awful smell coming from her mouth.

"She just seemed so dejected and her spirit was flat, who knows what this poor mare had been through in her life.

"Her condition is worrying and time will only tell if she has enough fight in her to get better. She's on a course of antibiotics for her infection - but if it doesn't clear then she will require further treatment which could include x-rays and a sinus flush."

Nightingale has  been wormed and the worms she passed were the length of a human hand.

Jason added: 

"We are all hoping she has the strength to fight and that the infection can be brought under control.

"She's so very sweet and nervous, it's tragic that she has been just dumped in a field to die because she is no longer of value to whoever owned her previously.

"The people caring for her say that they are seeing small signs of improvement with her and she's starting to eat a little now as well, but we do have to take one day at a time." 


Nightingale will remain in RSPCA care and receive on-going veterinary treatment. If she is strong enough to pull through she has been offered a home at Redwings at a later date.

In the month since the start of the lockdown, the RSPCA has dealt with over 21,000 animal incidents - an average of 660 a day, or 27 an hour. In Norfolk, the charity has dealt with 365 incidents since the start of lockdown.