Pony deliberately injured at New Castle, Del. equestrian center; police seeking information

By KYW Newsradio 1060

WILMINGTON, Del. (KYW Newsradio) — A police investigation is underway after a pony at a Wilmington equestrian center was found with cords tied around her back legs and unable to walk. But this isn't the first time an intruder injured a pony there.

Cierra, a pony used to teach children how to ride at the Carousel Park & Equestrian Center, was found with cords tied to her back ankles apparently cutting off her blood circulation. 

In a video posted to Facebook, equestrian director Mary Devine said staff members became aware something was wrong when the pony wouldn't come to eat. That's when they noticed the cords.

"She wasn't getting any blood to her hoof," she explained, "and if that wasn't recognized then that lameness could have become permanent. It could even result in her death."

Cierra is now on stall rest and may need physical therapy.

Another pony named Tigan had something similar done to her back in September. A rope was tied to one of her legs. She has since recovered.  

There is surveillance video showing an unidentified man on the property the night before the rope was found tied to Tigan.

If you have any information, the New Castle County Police want to hear from you. Contact New Castle County Police Officer Dave Christopher at (302) 995-7610.