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Pony Owner Warns Others To Stay On Their Guard

Thursday October 31 2013




THE owner of a pony who had its fringe and mane hacked off by strangers is warning others to be on their guard.

Elizabeth Harmer, from Shafton, says it will take years before Benson's hair grows back and she will be able to take him to shows.

She also keeps two horses in the fields off Blacker Lane and says her horse, Arthur, had his mane chopped and a plait put in it - which she thinks is a way for horse thieves to identify an animal they want to later steal.

But when Elizabeth, 51, contacted the police she said she was told it was not a crime to cut the animals' hair.

"I know there are far more important things than my pony's looks, but I just feel there's been total indifference," said Elizabeth.

She believes youths are responsible but doesn't believe police will patrol the area even though they said they will step up their presence in the area.

"I just think it's pretty cruel. It's utterly and totally anti-social behaviour," she added.

A police spokesman said: "Police have been made aware of an incident involving horses and a pony in Shafton.

"Local officers have visited the owner of the animals and we continue to liaise with them. The Safer Neighbourhood Team is now also encorporating the area where the horses are kept into routine patrols."

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Reply Posted by shannon on Thursday October 31 2013 at 11:16
oh god, my horses are just round the corner in havercroft, we always get things nicked from the field and our horses have all of a sudden gone really spooky. so someone is definatly messing around in horses fields!

Reply Posted by horse on Thursday October 31 2013 at 11:18
Shannon@ are you sure,it could be the HORSE WHISPERER!!!

Reply Posted by don key on Thursday October 31 2013 at 11:32
the world as gone mad. if the courts started executing all thugs the world would be a better place

Reply Posted by Mick on Thursday October 31 2013 at 12:51
So its not a crime to cut animals hair, PLEASE DON'T but if someone cut all the hair from a long haired police dog and made it bald or did the same to POLICE HORSE, there also would have been NO CRIME .......I bet that would be worth the paperwork -

Reply Posted by me on Thursday October 31 2013 at 12:58
hair today gone tomorrow.

Reply Posted by horse on Thursday October 31 2013 at 13:15
Headline News,Main story,Hair-Raising display,,TROT ALONG YOU FOOL AND NO HORSE PLAY ALLOWED..

Reply Posted by me on Thursday October 31 2013 at 14:17
well it is halloween

Reply Posted by rainbow on Friday November 1 2013 at 00:49
What does it take to get the police out of their warm comfy police station.?? last week somebody got 12 month for punching a police horse. Time they they started sacking a few of em till they realise what it is we pay em for.!!!

Reply Posted by Mystery on Friday November 1 2013 at 07:13
Rainbow see further up the newslist where it says Barnsley Man Charged Following Series Of Burglaries. That's what we pay them for not standing around fields just in case someone bothers horses. Surely animal protection falls more in the remit of RSPCA

Reply Posted by Mystery on Friday November 1 2013 at 07:13
Rainbow see further up the newslist where it says Barnsley Man Charged Following Series Of Burglaries. That's what we pay them for not standing around fields just in case someone bothers horses. Surely animal protection falls more in the remit of RSPCA

Reply Posted by Shocked on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 21:39
Shocked that people think the Police should be walking around fields looking after horses! Seriously!!! Police are there to protect the people! And what a good idea it would be to sack some NOT...we already have such low numbers policing our towns and villages!

Reply Posted by mel on Wednesday November 6 2013 at 22:34
that is discusting! POOR HORSES. They are SCUM BAGS

Reply Posted by Mystery on Thursday November 7 2013 at 21:03
The level of basic education of some people who post on this site amazes me. The words DISGUSTING Mel

Reply Posted by the real sid on Thursday November 7 2013 at 21:57
it is a shame but people on here cant spell their worms properly.

Reply Posted by the voice of barnsley on Thursday November 7 2013 at 22:04
WORDS ARE USEFUL THINGS-THEY ARE A GIFT GIVEN TO US BY GOD-USE WORDS THAT GOD HAS GIVEN YOU AND BE CAREFUL WHEN YOU USE THEM-GOD IS ALWAYS LISTENING.