Shetland pony found grazing in Bitterne, Southampton

Daily Echo: Piglet the Shetland pony with PC Andy Gamblin from the Dog Support Unit. Piglet the Shetland pony with PC Andy Gamblin from the Dog Support Unit.

THEY might have expected to find a stray dog or cat wandering the streets of Southampton in the dead of night.

But when police were called out in the small hours to one of the busiest roads in to the city, they were confronted with a scene more in keeping with the New Forest.

They arrived in Bursledon Road in Bitterne to find a tiny Shetland pony grazing next to a lay-by.

The mystery nag had no identification and seemed totally unfazed by its urban surroundings.

Now an appeal has gone out to find the owner of the skewbald two-year-old, who has been named Piglet because of its apparent love of eating.

PC Andy Gamblin, who helped rescue the animal, said: “We have absolutely no idea where it came from.

“We do find horses that have escaped from time to time, but not in built-up areas like Southampton.

“It is very unusual, but I think it’s even more unusual that nobody has come forward to claim it.”

Piglet was first spotted munching grass in Coates Road, near the BP garage on Bursledon Road at around 4am.

But when police arrived, the metre-tall pony had trotted closer to the Bitterne end of the road and was settling down to a second meal.

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She is now being looked after in a field near Hamble – and has already shown a telling ability to escape.

PC Gamblin, who works in Hampshire Constabulary’s Dog Support Unit, added: “She can be a bit of a Houdini and likes to escape, having already managed to slip through two electric fences and some barbed wire.

“But she has not been fazed by it at all though.

“I would say to the person who owns it, please come forward and get your lovely little pony.”

The owner of the pony should contact PC Gamblin on 0845 0454545.

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1:25pm Fri 30 Oct 09

itsmehere says...

Oh wow, if no one comes forward to claim it, please,please can i have it LOL . Just how cute is she!! x
Oh wow, if no one comes forward to claim it, please,please can i have it LOL . Just how cute is she!! x itsmehere
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1:33pm Fri 30 Oct 09

Huffybear says...

What a lovely pony, I reckon its Gypsies, there's a camp not a million miles away from there - they've not claimed it back either. There will be no shortage of love for this little soul if its not claimed.
What a lovely pony, I reckon its Gypsies, there's a camp not a million miles away from there - they've not claimed it back either. There will be no shortage of love for this little soul if its not claimed. Huffybear
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1:37pm Fri 30 Oct 09

yummy_mummy says...

Is it me or does PC Gamblin look remarkably like the pony in the picture? ;-)
Is it me or does PC Gamblin look remarkably like the pony in the picture? ;-) yummy_mummy
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2:54pm Fri 30 Oct 09

itsmehere says...

yummy_mummy wrote:
Is it me or does PC Gamblin look remarkably like the pony in the picture? ;-)
LOL!! I kinda see where you are coming from
[quote][p][bold]yummy_mummy[/bold] wrote: Is it me or does PC Gamblin look remarkably like the pony in the picture? ;-)[/p][/quote]LOL!! I kinda see where you are coming from itsmehere
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4:25pm Fri 30 Oct 09

looloobell says...

Its My Little Pony, So Glad She Has been Found Have Been Lost without Her. And the Hudini Name Is Well Suited x
Its My Little Pony, So Glad She Has been Found Have Been Lost without Her. And the Hudini Name Is Well Suited x looloobell
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7:47pm Fri 30 Oct 09

zeta74 says...

perhaps the police can send it to the field near St James primary school in west end. Used to have 2 ponies till the council decided it is high time that the field become houses...and so the kids lost those few minutes they spend with the animals.
perhaps the police can send it to the field near St James primary school in west end. Used to have 2 ponies till the council decided it is high time that the field become houses...and so the kids lost those few minutes they spend with the animals. zeta74
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11:53pm Sat 31 Oct 09

OSPREYSAINT says...

Has the PC got a cold, feeling a little horse? Neigh neigh. Getting saddled with a tale like this I hope we are not being taken for a ride.
Has the PC got a cold, feeling a little horse? Neigh neigh. Getting saddled with a tale like this I hope we are not being taken for a ride. OSPREYSAINT
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