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Taunton rescue centre need land to avoid sending ponies to slaughter
THE owner of a pony rescue centre near Taunton is appealing for more land to help save their increasing numbers of animals from being sent to the slaughter house.
Mary Tyrer set up H.O.P.E (Home Of Ponies and other Equines) Dartmoor Hill Pony Rescue, at Curload, in 2010 but she says they are struggling to fit all their foals on their current land.
At the end of the tourist season in late September to early October, ponies on Dartmoor are rounded up and the foals are either auctioned to farmers, rehomed or slaughtered and sent abroad.
Mary and her team try to cut down the number of ponies and foals losing their lives and have so far re-homed 250 animals but they say their task is being made more difficult because of the tough economic climate.
She said: “We need secure paddocks in which we will house them, so they will have a safe environment and a secure future.
“Any very young, sick, lame or ill foals come to my private yard to be fostered and are returned to full health for re-homing.
“We work with a tiny amount of the farmers and we find homes for the foals but it’s a very slow process.
“We rely on foster homes which are all full anddue to thepoor summer last year and the cold winter we still have some foals from then, plus all the other horses from this year’s batch.
The group, which looks after around 15 foals say it needs more land to rent for this year’s batch of foals or they will have to be sent for slaughter.
If you can help the group, call them on 07789-676116 or email h.o.p.edartmoorhillponyrescue@ hotmail.co.uk
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