A SHETLAND pony seen pulling people in a makeshift wheelie bin trap has been rehomed by the RSPCA.

The animal welfare charity rescued the small Shetland pony who is now enjoying life in his new home

The RSPCA were called by Cheshire police to Booth Lane in Middlewich on June 1 last year after they had stopped some men with a makeshift trap which had a small piebald Shetland Pony attached to it.

The makeshift trap consisted of a wheelie bin with the front cut away and the lid was screwed down through the plastic.

Winsford Guardian: The makeshift trap consisted of a wheelie bin with the front cut away and the lid screwed down through the plasticThe makeshift trap consisted of a wheelie bin with the front cut away and the lid screwed down through the plastic

The makeshift trap consisted of a wheelie bin with the front cut away and the lid screwed down through the plastic

The recycling bin was attached to the pony by way of two pieces of wood, fabric and a multitude of straps.

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Animal rescuer, RSPCA Inspector Pamela Bird attended the scene and called upon the help of an equine veterinary surgeon.

The vet found the pony to be healthy and uninjured but he was taken into possession by the police. The pony, now named Tinker, was signed over into the care of the RSPCA. He has been rehomed away from the Middlewich area.

He is enjoying the company of another rescue horse at his new home called Cracker Jack.

Pamela said: “The community really pulled together and wanted to help the pony so I was so pleased when he was signed over into our care.

“Tinker is so sweet and is doing really well and enjoying life with his new friend Cracker Jack. They are both enjoying grazing and are getting lots of attention. I am so pleased to see how happy he is.“