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Abandoned pony finds his feet again

PUBLISHED: 16:32 29 May 2012 | UPDATED: 09:52 30 May 2012

Rodney the pony

Rodney the pony

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A young pony left starving to death has found a new home with the firefighter who helped rescue him.

Rodney, as he has now been named, was found emaciated and hopeless after being dumped in a field in West Kingsdown in March.

A member of the public discovered him and called the RSCPA who struggled to get the dazed pony to its feet.

Firefighter Louise Ayley, Rodney’s saviour and future owner, then stepped in to help.

Her and her colleagues arrived on scene and assisted with getting the worm-ridden pony back on his wobbly legs and into a horse box.

Won over by Rodney’s fighting spirit, Louise offered to adopt the pony once he had been rehabilitated.

“He’s incredibly sweet, full of character and very cheeky,” she said. “I’d originally planned to call him Del-Boy Trotter but he has such lanky long legs so Rodney seems more appropriate.”

RSCPA inspector Vikki Dawe said: “The pony, thought to be a year old, was in a very poor condition, malnourished and full of worms. He had clearly suffered for some time and it was so sad to see an animal in such a sorry state.

“The brown and white pony was unable to get to his feet without support, yet appeared to be bright, alert and was clearly a fighter. So I asked the fire service’s help to lift the stricken pony to his feet.”

Rodney has bounced back to life and is now living with Louise in Faversham along with her horse Zarby for whom Rodney has developed a crush on.

Louise said: “Everyone loves him, although he only has eyes for Zarby despite the fact he only comes up her belly.”

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