Shetland pony dead after dog attack

A 33-year-old retired Shetland pony has been mauled by a dog in a late night attack.

The pet was left with his face and mouth in shreds. His injuries were so bad that Hovis had to be put down.

Gary Edmonds, who lives in Chertsey Rise in Stevenage, owned Hovis with his mum Patricia.

He rushed to the field under Digswell viaduct just after 10pm on Monday after being called to the scene by police.

Gary said: “Hovis was in a tragic and distraught state. It was shocking.”

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The 20-year-old, who had grown up with the faithful steed, said: “Hovis was well-known and was the last remaining pony from his four siblings.

“He spent his life serving the community teaching small children to ride and partaking in school and community fetes in the Welwyn and Stevenage areas.

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“He was loved by all and was a great spirited little pony.

“We’re all broken-hearted to see what has happened to Hovis, knowing that he probably could have carried on to his 40s, if only this tragedy had never occurred.

“If anyone knows anything that could help us it would be greatly appreciated.”

A police spokesman said: “We’re investigating the circumstances of the attack and are currently following up a number of enquiries to trace the owner of the dog.

“If anyone saw anyone in the area at the time of the incident, please contact Pc Ben Satchfield on the non-emergency number 101.”

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