Rescue pony needs a name

Mane attraction: The Shetland pony at HAPPA which needs a new name
Mane attraction: The Shetland pony at HAPPA which needs a new name

A Burnley animal shelter is appealing for help to name a pony which was rescued two weeks ago.

The miniature strawberry roan stallion, who measures just 31in. tall, arrived at HAPPA, in Briercliffe, after being rescued when a member of the public voiced concerns he was being neglected.

The animal had lost a lot of weight and had been tethered outside at night.

Staff at HAPPA have tried to contact his owners but have so far been unsuccessful and are appealing to residents in Burnley to give him a name.

The winner will receive an annual membership for HAPPA and a £30 meal voucher for the charity’s visitors centre.

Centre manager Julie Jackson said: “He is so small and underweight that he was beginning to feel the cold. This is unusual for a Shetland as they are a native breed and traditionally would be able to sustain themselves in our climate. He is progressing well with our care, but still has a long way to go.”

Name suggestions can be posted on www.facebook.co.uk/horsesponiesprotectionassociation or emailed to enquiries@happa.org.uk