In Kidderminster, police were informed that three people were piled into a cart pulled by a black pony on Stourport Road. Police went to investigate and advised the trio to get out of the cart for safety concerns since it was getting dark.
Police warned them again a short while later when they were running the pony and cart on a canal tow road.
And, police was notified a third time that the black pony had been discarded in the canal. He was still hitched to the cart and was standing in rushing water. This time the pony, named Del Boy, needed rescue and fast.
A veterinarian called to the scene sedated Del Boy before attempts were made to pull him out of the water. He was later reunited with his owner, Dean Diffey.
Diffey was overjoyed that Del Boy seemed unscathed by the incident, but he was also totally disgusted. He briefly explained to his children what happened to their pony without all the detail. He said, “We told them he was alright and he’s in good care.”
He had a cart attached to him and was up to his waist in water. He’s such a loving horse, he doesn’t deserve that.
Del Boy has been relocated to a new boarding stable and is recovering from his ordeal. Diffey says that the new stable seems to be taking really good care of Del Boy.
According to a police spokesperson, a 26-year-old man and an 18-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of theft and animal cruelty. The woman was released without charge while the man has made bail until November 8.
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