Concern for pony left out in the cold in Plymouth
POLICE and RSPCA inspectors say they have carried out welfare checks after reports of a horse tethered at the side of a busy Plymstock road.
The horse, which had a blanket, was spotted by motorists along Billacombe Road a short distance from the Morrisons superstore on Monday night.
The horse was still there on Tuesday morning and police said they were contacted by concerned residents. Further investigation has led them to the owner in a caravan placed at the nearby Pomphlett Farm industrial estate.
A spokesman for the RSPCA said a local inspector was investigating the matter but noted that tethering a horse at the side of the road farm was not illegal under current legislation.
The spokesman said as long as the horse's needs were being provided for under the Animal Welfare Act, then it was not illegal, although the RSPCA would rather see the practice banned.
If you have specific concerns about the welfare of an animal contact the RSPCA's 24-hour cruelty hotline on 0300 1234999.