June 27, 2016

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Neglected pony was found with chain embedded in neck

MEDINA — Charges are expected this week against the owner of a neglected pony found Thursday.

Stephanie Moore, executive director of the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said a caller noticed a pony that appeared to be abandoned and chained up on a property on Erhart Road, near state Route 57.

Charges are expected against the owner of this pony that was found malnourished and with a chain embedded in its neck. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Moore said a chain had become embedded in the female pony’s neck, and it took a veterinarian about two hours to remove it.

“She’s going to have to have surgery, but not right yet because she’s starved and neglected,” Moore said Sunday. She said the pony’s muscle’s had wasted and it appeared malnourished.

SPCA officials returned to the property Friday, and located someone who said he was the owner, Moore said.

They also found a puppy with a harness embedded in its skin — similar to the wounds sustained by the pony.

The Medina SPCA’s vet is now caring for both animals.

SPCA workers named the pony “Charity.”

Updates on the Medina SPCA’s Facebook page said the pony’s wound is being cleaned three to four times a day, and it is “getting a little stronger each day.”

Moore said no charges have yet been filed against the owner of the animals, but they are expected this week.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.