Shetland and Welsh mountain cross pony Arya is believed to have been chased to death in the village of Penyffordd in Flintshire in North Wales in a “blind panic”, her heartbroken owners believe
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A beloved pony has been found dead in the bush with a broken neck, while her distraught owners blame a local dog.
Shetland and Welsh mountain cross pony Arya was reportedly chased to death in a ‘blind panic’ in the village of Penyffordd in Flintshire, North Wales.
Peta Hutchinson, who leases the land the ponies live on, narrated North Wales Live that her tragic death was “absolutely avoidable”. The incident is believed to have been sparked by a loose dog chasing the pony across the field.
She said: “My grandson and daughter went up to feed the horses as usual on Wednesday and only noticed two horses in the field. They called me and we spent hours looking for Arya.
“We checked all the fences and couldn’t find a spot for her to come out. We were so worried.”
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Her grandson Josh grew up with the ponies and has “an extremely close bond” with all three. Peta explained that the 16-year-old has emotional issues and always feels calm around the horses.
She said that made it “all the more heartbreaking” that he was the one who found Arya dead in the bushes at the far corner of the field.
Peta said: “It was obvious she went in there during a blind panic. It looks like she went head first into the trees.
“The fields around us are criss-crossed by public footpaths. No matter what time of day, you always see someone with a dog.”
In the past, free-roaming dogs managed to slip into the field. Peta even had to pick up dogs and return them to their owners.
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She said the older ponies aren’t often troubled by dogs, but young Arya’s reaction could have spurred a stray dog on. She said that no matter how well trained a dog is, sometimes it’s “in their DNA” to hunt instinctively.
The horse owner said: “It’s the same with horses, they will either fight or fly.
“The problem in this case is that the dog gets excited and keeps chasing. It then becomes much more dangerous for the horse, which cannot escape.”
Unfortunately, the family will likely never know exactly what happened that day. The four-hectare field is not covered by surveillance cameras.
Helen Lacey is the founder of North Wales Horse Watch, a registered charity that works closely with the North Wales Police Force. She said: “Running dogs have become a major problem for livestock and horse owners across the country.
“Many have lost their lives after being chased and attacked by dogs. Part of the charity’s work is providing workshops to organize groups and schools across North Wales, as well as awareness sessions to embrace the rural code.”
This incident was reported to the police, Helen said. Anyone with information or who has seen anything is urged to contact police 101 and quote reference number B079060.
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