Miniature pony, dog seized from Medina County home with embedded collar and harness

MEDINA, Ohio - The Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is investigating yet another horrific case of animal abuse and neglect.

Stephanie Moore, Executive Director of the Medina County SPCA said Charity the pony was found Thursday evening around 5 p.m. after Humane Officer Daniel M. Bomboris received a complaint about a possible abandoned pony.

The pony was found tied to a think cable with a heavy chain link around her neck. There was no food, or water and she was unable to reach her shelter. On closer inspection Officer Bomboris noticed that the chain was actually embedded into the pony's neck. The pony was impounded by our officer and removed to a secure location where our veterinarian, Dr. Matt from Wellington Veterinary Services in Wellington, worked for over 2 hours to remove the embedded chain. The pony, named Charity by SPCA, was starved and grossly neglected according to Dr. Matt. She is currently resting comfortably at a foster barn where she has 24-hour care and her own private nurse. Charity will undergo surgery next week to close up the wound.

On Friday Officer Bomboris went back to the property where the horse was located to do a final sweep of the property and see if his notice had been removed from the abandoned home. As he was searching the property and asking the neighbors questions about the property, he was able to determine who the owner of the pony was. Officer Bomboris then found a young puppy hiding under a truck cap. The individual stated the puppy was his animal too. On further inspection of the puppy, there was no food or water and the puppy had a strong odor coming from it. When the puppy was turned over he noticed her harness was embedded in her chest and under her legs.

She was removed from the property and immediately taken to the emergency veterinary hospital Akron Veterinary Hospital in Copley. She was seen by Dr. Quinn, treated for her wounds and released back into the SPCA's custody where she will remain until they go to court.

Many people are wondering how things like this can happen.  "It's hard to say.  Some people just don't understand what it takes to care for an animal.  They think they see an animal and decide they want it.  Then they don't understand what it takes to care and feed that animal.  It's really hard to say if this was something that was intentionally done or just out of neglect and not knowing,"  Moore said.

The investigation is ongoing and charges are expected to be filed the beginning of next week.

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