Thieves steal wood meant for Plymouth pony shelter
THIEVES have left a herd of horses and ponies to face a cold winter.
The family-run Ponderosa Pony Rescue based at Colony Farm in Efford is a small not-for-profit organisation dedicated to caring for horses and ponies which have been abandoned, mistreated or face the slaughterhouse.
Thanks to father and daughter Dave and Cory Clark, and a team of volunteers, they have transformed a blighted field into a haven for the animals. However, their plans to build a stable has been scuppered after crooks stole donated wood.
Dave said: “We’ve got nine ponies in all, including little Elvis. We have people from local care homes and schools come along because the ponies help their relaxation and well being. We’ve become a real part of the community.
“We didn’t want the ponies to face a winter outside so we were building a stable with wood that’s been donated.”
But Dave was shocked to find a number of large wooden sheets and timber roof trusses taken from the field sometime in the last few weeks.
He said: “They were stacked up against the hedgerow and we’d been working on the frame and just about to start the roof and kicker-boards. “Someone has pinched all our wood. They’ve walked off with about £200 or more of timber.
“We’ve now got a stable without a roof and no more timber.”
The centre relies on donations which go towards the cost of vet bills, dentists, hay and food and Dave hopes builders merchants or DIYers can now help with donations of wood for the stable. If you have any information about the theft of the wood contact police on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 quoting crime reference number EC/13/9341. If you can offer help to the pony rescue centre contact them 07427 437530,