Pony gets caught on railings on Holme Wood estate

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Councillor Alan Wainwright Councillor Alan Wainwright

A social housing landlord has expressed its “concern” after a pony got stuck on railings surrounding one of its houses on a Bradford estate.

The pony escaped major injuries but had to be freed by firefighters using hydraulic cutters after it became trapped in the early hours of yesterday outside a house in Denbury Mount, Holme Wood.

Once firefighters from Cleckheaton’s Technical Rescue Unit managed to cut away 4ft of metal railings on either side of it, a vet found just a few scratches and no serious wounds.

RSPCA Inspector Gemma Fowler said the pony was left at the scene in Denbury Mount after the vet was happy the animal had not been badly hurt.

“No one who was there would tell us how it got to be in that position or who it belonged to. They just said they found it and would get it back safely to its owner,” she said.

The alarm was raised just after midnight after the pony was believed to have tried to jump out of a garden and over the metal railings topped by semi-circles and three-inch spikes.

Watch commander Gary Hatton, from Cleckheaton Fire Station, said the pony had almost cleared the fence but got caught just in front of its rear legs.

A police spokesman said members of its neighbourhood policing team would be visiting the street to make sure the pony involved was well.

A spokesman for Incommunities, which owns the property, said: “We are very concerned to hear of this incident and we are investigating the matter fully. Where necessary, we will take appropriate legal action.

“It is a breach of our tenancy agreement for anyone to keep horses or ponies at their property or on Incommunities land.”

Tong ward councillor Alan Wainwright demanded authorities take tougher action against irresponsible horse owners.

Coun Wainwright said on Friday he reported horses blocking a footpath on Rushmoor Road and on Sunday a group of other horses loose on the grass verge at St Margaret’s Avenue.

He said he had also seen more than one horse kept in the small garden of the property where the pony got stuck. He said “Enough is enough. We’ve had a big purge on horses on the estate but things seem to have got worse again from between Christmas and the New Year.”

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