Pony abandoned at Bristol city bus stop is rescued

Buster the Shetland pony, found abandoned at a bus stop in Bristol
Image caption The 34-inch pony was being tormented by children when it was rescued

An abandoned Shetland pony found tied up at a bus stop in Bristol city centre has been rescued by an animal charity.

The 34-inch stallion, estimated to be about 21-years-old, was being tormented by children when staff from the charity Horseworld came to collect the animal.

Despite missing most of its front teeth, a charity spokeswoman said the small grey pony was not underweight.

Joanne Vaughan, from Horseworld, said: "He's no spring chicken and has now started a program of rehabilitation."

The pony, named Buster by staff at the charity, has undergone tests for "various diseases" and has also been castrated.

"With the number of horses the rescue charities are trying to squeeze in at the moment, we certainly don't want to be bringing any more into the world," said Ms Vaughan.

The pony will remain at the charity in Whitchurch and when its rehabilitation is complete, staff hope to rehome it as part of their loan scheme.

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