- Prince, a pony rescued by the Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Hanover Park in March last year, has been rehabilitated and is now ready for adoption.
- The SPCA Horse Care Unit was summoned to the area after a passer-by alerted them.
- After months Prince has turned the corner and is looking for a new home.
Prince, a pony rescued by the Cape of Good Hope Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) in Hanover Park in March last year, has finally been rehabilitated and is now ready for adoption.
The SPCA said they rescued Prince after he was found lying near a canal in Hanover Park.
Prince was found weak, starving, and emaciated by a passer-by. He was beaten and forced to walk until he could no longer do so.
SPCA spokesperson Belinda Abraham said that the Horse Care Unit was summoned by a passer-by who found Prince collapsed on the ground.
He was too weak to even stand up by himself.
"Prince was immediately given water but was still unable to stand up," she said.
Abraham said they wrapped Prince in a blanket and carried him into a horsebox. He was transported to a place of safety.
Upon arrival at the SPCA, the pony was put into a warm stable with lots of soft bedding, given lots of medication to ease his pain and a large bucket of food.
"It was hard to see such a beautiful, proud animal in such a state," said Abraham.
It has been a long journey to health for Prince who is now happy and healthy again, hoping to find a new home. The SPCA said it took months of care before Prince, turned the corner. Now once again a proud healthy pony, with a beautiful mane flowing at a full gallop, Prince is looking for a new home.
According to the SPCA, Prince's "dramatic recovery" has been made possible by donors and sponsors. It costs the SPCA R10 000 to rehabilitate its horses once rescued.
Horses need food, shelter, grooming, farrier services, veterinary care, and dental services, and often, because of the terrible state of neglect in which they are admitted.
"They need to stay with us for a very long time before they can be re-homed," said Abraham.
Prince has been described as a sweet and gentle pony who needs someone that will help him grow his confidence as he matures.
He is approximately four-years-old with a height of 11:3. Due to his very sensitive nature and difficult past, Prince can be a little skittish and does require someone with lots of time and patience to look after him.
The SPCA said after more than a year under their care, Prince is now finally ready to be adopted.