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Pony stuffed in car boot recovers

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Tiny Tim is now happy running around his new home

A pony who was stuffed in the boot of a car and then dumped close to death on a roadside is making a full recovery.

Tiny Tim was rescued 12 months ago by the RSPCA after he was seen wandering along a quiet lane near Aberaeron.

He had been thrown from the boot of a car where all his four legs had been bound together.

The charity's equine re-homing officer Sally Learoyd said: "We did not think he would make it because he was in such a state."

She christened the pony after the sickly child in Charles Dickens' story, A Christmas Carol and offered him a new home with her other horses.

"He was very very lame on two legs and very thin and dehydrated," she said.

Tiny Tim after he was found.
Tiny Tim was very thin and dehydrated when he was found.

"He had rope sores on all four legs, was infested with lice, hungry and frightened."

But thanks to months of loving care Tiny Tim is close to making a full recovery.

"Within six months he was a different pony," added Ms Learoyd.

After treatment his appetite slowly returned and he is now fully mobile.

"There will always be a mark on his leg, to remind us of his hard times, but now, a year on from his rescue, his story has a happy ending," she added.

"We've all got very attached to him - he was tough and determined and he is quite happy and healthy to be a companion pony."

RSPCA Cymru currently has 70 horses in its care.

For information on rehoming contact Ms Learoyd on 0300123 8877.

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