The RSPCA and World Horse Welfare are appealing for information after a pony was left in somebody’s garden in Stoke-on-Trent.

The colt, who was underweight and covered in mites, was dumped in a backyard of a house in Fore Green Road.

"You couldn’t make this up! A 13-year-old girl responded to a plea on an online free ads site where a lady said she didn’t want the pony anymore and that he would be put to sleep if no one had him. "She gave her nan’s address and the next thing that happened was a man just came along and dumped the pony there, no words of advice or anything like that - and leaving a very shocked nan.

RSPCA inspector Charlotte Melvin

The pony, who has been named Mr Melvin Andrews, is now in the care of World Horse Welfare.