New Life For Two Ponies As Despair Turns To Hope

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Watch as two ponies are rescued from a life of misery of neglect.

The two ponies were seized on the 2nd of June 2023, and removed from owner care, in terms of the Animals Protection Act No. 71 of 1962 after several warnings issued by Inspector Jeffery Mfini  to improve their welfare fell on deaf ears.

Inspector Jeffery Mfini says “Sometimes it feels like my job is all about fighting.  I have to fight with people all day, every day and it can be so tiring but then I remind myself that it’s animals I am fighting for and no day spent fighting for them is ever wasted”. That’s hero-speak right there! 

“Amongst the qualities a hero should have, I would include determination, loyalty, courage, perseverance, patience, focus, intrepidity and selflessness”. Ricky Martin

Our Inspector Mfini has all these qualities and more.  Here determination, perseverance and his courageous, animal loving heart paid off. 

Safe and warm at the SPCA, heads down and tucking into oat hay, Lucerne and percentage

These two ponies were clearly starving, and safe in the care of the Cape of Good Hope SPCA Horse Care Unit they slept warm, dry and with their tummies full of food for the first time in a long time. 

They’ve also been checked by a vet and a farrier has been to address the shocking condition of their hooves. 

When horses come in with coats as filthy as this and with hooves in such a terrible state, we have to brace ourselves when it comes time to check their teeth. We weren’t prepared for this though. 

This mare’s teeth have worn really badly, the likely result of an equine malocclusion (misalignment between the upper and lower jaws). A lack of dental care has resulted in a malformation that has caused injury to the soft tissue on the inside of her mouth.  A specialist equine dentist is attending to this now. 

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These ponies need more than one hero, they need you too.  Please make a donation towards their rehabilitation here. You’ll be our hero too!    

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Chief Inspector Jaco Pieterse at the residence in Tafelsig where this emaciated pony was rescued.

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