Two rescue ponies have gone missing after they were sent to a foster home as part of an equine therapy programme for children.
Miniature Shetlands Tyson and Bam Bam were specially trained for equine therapy so they could be used for pony petting and meet and greets for children with special needs.
The adorable pair, who are owned by Holly’s Horse Haven in Omeath, but were fostered out to a man in Cootehill, Co Caven, who claimed to be involved with a charity helping children dealing with suicide.
Elaine Duffy, co-founder of Holly’s, said when they recently went to inspect the Shetlands they were told they had gone missing eight weeks ago.
“The foster home seemed to have everything,” said Elaine.
“It had stables, good secure fencing with over 30 acres of grass.
“He fostered them in the summer and someone had been out on home visits when they were in the field with other horses and plenty of grazing
“Last week we were told they were stolen a number of weeks ago, but he did not tell us or report it to the gardai.
“We desperately need to find them as they are part of our special needs programmes used to work with disabled children, vulnerable adults and disadvantaged kids.”
Elaine said that following appeals through Facebook there have been several possible sightings of the ponies, which are being followed up.
“They are microchiped to and pass-ported to Holly's Horse Haven Charity,” Elaine continued.
“Please remember they might not be with each other now, and they will be so upset as they are best buddies.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact gardai in Cootehill or email email@example.com
“If you did buy one or both of them please get in touch as you got them in good faith we do not blame you in any way, but we need to know the whereabouts of them,” she added..