Pony with missing ear from suspected dog attack is making a speedy recovery
Cupid, a two-month-old, part bred shetland pony was found by Christine McEvoy, her owner and friend, covered in maggots with an ear badly injured back in August in the New Forest.
The filly was kept with her dam, Starlight, and Christine's other ponies in the forest. One morning, she was nowhere to be seen.
Christine set out with a friend covering miles of land looking for the filly, calling out for her, but it was like ‘looking for a needle in a haystack’.
“I think the dogs had driven her off and she couldn’t find her way back to the herd,”
“Then my friend heard the mare start calling, and she up and went. He followed her – and found the foal.”
Christine described Cupid as being found in a ‘dreadful state’
“Both her ears had been seemingly chewed off and what was left was completely flyblown, she had puncture wounds on her jaw and neck, and scars on her body, but bless her, she was still trying to feed from her mum. It was only later we discovered she had lost the bottom of her tongue which was why she couldn’t feed.”
The vet who saw Cupid first was shocked at the extent of her injuries and had never seen anything like them.
Cupid was well behaved whilst her wounds were being treated thanks to antitoxins, insecticides and painkillers.
“If you can prepare wounds so nature can take its course, it’s amazing how that will happen and they’ll heal – and often, if owners are willing to put time and effort into some cases that look beyond redemption, they can recover.”
Thankfully, Cupid is back to her old self apart from her remaining ear that now hangs down by her face.
“We will never know what exactly happened, but the only sensible answer is that it must have been a dog and I just hope all dog owners will be sensible in future and keep dogs on leads around forest stock,” Christine said.