Now, what do you suppose the RSPCA will do about this?
If the answer’s ‘Prosecute you, and rightly so!’ well, then, I’ll just claim he’s really a horse, and I’m a traveller.
Then they’ll just say there’s nothing wrong with him, send me a letter and ‘monitor the situation’:
Mrs Rutley, from Thornton Heath, said: "I'm worried he is going to starve.
"He's getting thin. His hip bone is sticking out, his spine is showing and you can feel all his ribs. His legs are cut and infected.
"He has a big pot belly so unless you know something about horses you would think he was fine. Actually he's very skinny but his stomach has swollen because he has worms.
"The RSPCA said there's nothing wrong with him but I can see he's not fine. I'm really disappointed they won't help him."Clearly, someone at the newspaper asked the RSPCA for a quote, and I think they must have got the same useless spokesperson as the recent deer story:
An RSPCA spokeswoman there was little it could do to help at this stage.
"Unfortunately this is something we have to deal with on a regular basis," she said.Really? Well, maybe if you prosecuted them with a bit more zeal – you know, like the zeal you showed in this case, and this one – you might not have to have so many, eh?
Maybe word would get around?
"We're restricted in what we can do. There is a fence around it so it's not going to walk into the road and injure itself.
"If we are concerned for its health or welfare then we can call a vet to come and examine the animal. We have no power to seize the pony.
"Our officer will leave a note for the owner to say we are concerned about the pony and urge them to treat it for worms.
"We will monitor the pony and if it goes downhill the next stage would be to call a vet. Then, if we feel it's the right thing to do, we will go through the process of seizing the pony.
"We can't do that just because it's got worms and is not living in the best of conditions."Well, sweetie, just what did you lobby the government for, if not for the power to move in before suffering took place, and because animal welfare & suitable accommodation wasn’t being addressed?
Or did you only ever plan to use that power against pensioners, and not anyone who might actually put up a fight?
Remember! Never, never, never, NEVER give these people money! Give it to a real animal charity, instead.