Girl reunited with her beloved pet after frantic search

MILLI Lea Knowles was heartbroken when her precious pet Shetland pony vanished.

Penny, who is just 36 inches tall, was not in her stables when nine-year-old went to visit last Thursday morning.

Milli’s mum, Samantha Brierly, searched the stables in Sharples Vale, Astley Bridge, and could not find the 22-year-old chestnut pony anywhere.

There was no damage to the locked gate, which would have been the only way to lead the pony out of the yard.

Distraught, Ms Brierly reported Penny stolen to the police.

Ms Brierly said: “I just felt like my life had ended when I realised she had been taken. They must have lifted her over the wall somehow.

“Our horses are like family to us. My other horse General was going barmy because Penny wasn’t there and my little girl was absolutely distraught. She couldn’t believe that someone would do something like that. Milli does all the cleaning out for Penny and looks after her. She’s such a lovely pony.”

Ms Brierly put out an appeal to family and friends on social networking website, Facebook, to help find Penny.

And at about 5pm on Thursday, someone contacted the family on Facebook after spotting Penny with two men in Halliwell and Ms Brierly went to collect her that evening.

“Penny is still distressed and a bit shakey but she’s back in her stable now,” says Ms Brierly.

“My daughter is absolutely made up. She was crying with happiness when we brought her back. I’m just so glad she’s home.

“Both the horses were whinnying and nuzzling each other when we bought her back. It was like they were talking to each other. It was a really emotional moment. I’m disgusted with what was happened.”

Police are investigating the incident.

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9:57am Tue 18 Dec 12

MarkAllRead says...

First world problems eh? She should count herself lucky to be in a position to own a horse in the first place, when there's so much poverty in the country.
First world problems eh? She should count herself lucky to be in a position to own a horse in the first place, when there's so much poverty in the country. MarkAllRead
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2:13pm Tue 18 Dec 12

John Edwards says...

Some people like to own "show off" with a useless 4x4s other like to P**s it up against a wall and smoke. If they can afford to keep a horse good luck to them. We did not have a horse but my two daughters had access to them. Fantastic animals when kept and looked after properly.
Some people like to own "show off" with a useless 4x4s other like to P**s it up against a wall and smoke. If they can afford to keep a horse good luck to them. We did not have a horse but my two daughters had access to them. Fantastic animals when kept and looked after properly. John Edwards
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5:41pm Tue 18 Dec 12

KizzyB says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
First world problems eh? She should count herself lucky to be in a position to own a horse in the first place, when there's so much poverty in the country.
MarkAllGreen, jealousy is not a nice trait. I'm pleased that this NINE year old has got her beloved pet back.
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: First world problems eh? She should count herself lucky to be in a position to own a horse in the first place, when there's so much poverty in the country.[/p][/quote]MarkAllGreen, jealousy is not a nice trait. I'm pleased that this NINE year old has got her beloved pet back. KizzyB
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11:17pm Tue 18 Dec 12

Gitfinder says...

MarkAllRead wrote:
First world problems eh? She should count herself lucky to be in a position to own a horse in the first place, when there's so much poverty in the country.
MarkALLS**t you're a sad git. Maybe the people who own the pony aren't loaded and are just trying to bring up their kids with some values. Pity your parents didn't. Get a life!
[quote][p][bold]MarkAllRead[/bold] wrote: First world problems eh? She should count herself lucky to be in a position to own a horse in the first place, when there's so much poverty in the country.[/p][/quote]MarkALLS**t you're a sad git. Maybe the people who own the pony aren't loaded and are just trying to bring up their kids with some values. Pity your parents didn't. Get a life! Gitfinder
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