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Appeal for tack after Isleham pony sanctuary raided by thieves




Devastated .... volunteers at the Isleham Horse and Pony Rescue Centre who are doing their best to carry on after the theft of essential equipment
Devastated .... volunteers at the Isleham Horse and Pony Rescue Centre who are doing their best to carry on after the theft of essential equipment

An appeal for donations of unwanted tack has been made by a Horse and Pony Rescue Centre which was raided on Saturday night when up to £5,000 worth of equipment was stolen.

The 75-acre rescue centre at Isleham, which was founded by Wendy Davies 35 years ago, is a non-profit organisation which relies on sales of homegrown flowers, vegetables and fruit and eggs, as well as fees paid by people who ‘adopt’ horses to look after and ride and fund-raising activities.

A variety of other rescued animals including pigs, goats, cows, llamas and chickens are also looked after there.

Wendy is assisted by a band of volunteers and her daughter Hayley, who works full-time at the centre. It was Hayley who discovered the break-in when she arrived for work at 4.20am on Sunday. “The shed was open and there was stuff all over the ground, the latch was snapped and there were scrape marks on the wall. The saddle rack was empty and the generator and batteries which we use for electric fencing were gone too”, she said.

Hayley called Cambridgeshire Police but says she has been disgusted by their lack of interest.

“They have been no help whatsoever. I have contacted them four times since Sunday but have not had a visit, a phone call or an email.

“They just go on about cutbacks and having no staff and our report has just been ‘filed’. We have been treated as if we are of no importance at all,” said Hayley.

If anyone can help with donations oftack, including saddles and bridles, contact Hayley on 07966172485 or via the website at www.islehamhorserescue.co.uk