ANIMAL lover Pamela Wilson has appealed for help in tracing the owner of this pony, chained to a fence in Sunderland.
Pamela spotted the animal chained to a fence on land off European Way, at the rear of Pallion ambulance station, and has been feeding and watering it for several days.
I am not an expert but surely to God a horse should be tied on a longer chain?Pamela Wilson
“It is heart-breaking,” said Pamela, of High Barnes.
“If I had a file, I would have unchained it and taken it away.
“I took it some water up and it drank the lot.
“There are a couple of horses tethered on a field the other side of Ford Estate but at least they can walk round in a full circle –this one is chained against the fence.
“I am not an expert but surely to God, a horse should be tied on a longer chain?”
Pamela felt so sorry for the pony that she has bought it some hay and is feeding it herself.
“It is not right that it should be sat there.
“It should not be allowed.”
The RSPCA dealt with more than 5,000 calls relating to the welfare of horses and ponies across Tyne and Wear and County Durham in 2012-14.
A spokeswoman said that although tethering was not illegal, the charity did not recommend it as a viable way to keep a horse.
The law was clear on the standard of care that owners were supposed to provide, she added: “Under the Animal Welfare Act, owners have a legal duty of care to meet the five welfare needs of their horses at all times.
“You could be in breach of the Act by tethering a horse, if it means that the animal’s basic needs are not being met.
“If a horse needs to be tethered in order to have access to grazing, it must only be for short periods of time.
“For the remainder of the day the horse should have access to shelter, and a space to run free and interact freely with other horses.
“Tethering compromises a horse’s wellbeing in many ways.
“A tethered horse requires high levels of monitoring, proper tethering equipment, feed, water, and a degree of freedom provided regularly.
“It is not a low cost or low maintenance way of keeping a horse and is not considered to be good practice.”