A FAMILY were left with a stray pony in their front garden for nearly two days as they appealed to organisations for help in finding the animal a new home.
The Taubman family, who live in Millpool Close, say they contacted Housing Hartlepool, Hartlepool Borough Council, the police and the RSPCA to report the pony and find a safe now home for the animal.
But Karl Taubman, 34, said the organisations all claimed it wasn’t their responsibility and the family were stuck with the pony in their front garden for nearly 36 hours.
Karl says that only after the family had contacted the Mail, Housing Hartlepool got back in touch and said they would take the animal to the owner of a farm in Greatham, who Karl’s wife, Joanne, had found on Facebook.
Karl and Joanne, who have three young children, spotted the pony running up and down their road dragging along chains at around 7.45am on Tuesday.
They took it into their front garden and started ringing round in the hope of finding the animal a new home.
Unemployed Karl, who is a dad of Megan, 11, Byron, nine, and seven-year-old Sapha, said: “We thought we were doing the right thing by taking the pony in and starting to phone around but no organisations wanted to take responsibility and we were left with a pony in our front garden. It was quite vicious actually, it nipped me a couple of times and it was rearing up and kicking out.
“The kids on the street seemed to think it had been on a field on the Headland for the last four or six weeks and nobody has really been looking after it.”
Housing Hartlepool eventually picked the pony up at around 5.30pm on Wednesday. A spokesman said: “Our advice to someone who sees what appears to be a stray animal would be to leave it where it is and contact either the police or RSPCA.
“However, on this occasion, due to the extremely unusual circumstances, we have assisted our tenant by helping to find a stable which will take in the horse.”
Five horses that were grazing illegally on council-owned land in Hartlepool have been removed by bailiffs as part of a “zero tolerance” clampdown in recent weeks.
It came after Hartlepool Borough Council, in partnership with Cleveland Police, the RSPCA and the British Horse Society, took action against illegally grazing horses in the town.
A Cleveland Police spokeswoman said: “In circumstances where a member of the public comes across a stray horse, Hartlepool Borough Council should be contacted.
“Officers would only support the local authority, if deemed necessary, with any issues in relation to enforcement or preventing a breach of the peace.”
An RSPCA spokesman said they were aware of the case but said Mr Taubman called to confirm alternative stabling was being sought.”