A pony found wandering on a motorway bridge has had a happy homecoming after being reunited with her owners.
Welsh pony Lily was spotted crossing the M18 near Braithwell earlier this month and is now safely back in her paddock after South Yorkshire Police pulled out all the stops to get her returned.
PCSO Donna Fry, South Yorkshire Police’s Equine Liaison Officer, said: “I am very happy that this pony was able to be reunited with her owner as the circumstances could have been very different.
“Luckily Lily was found by a knowledgeable horse owner who took very good care of her whilst we were able to complete our enquiries.”
The pony was spotted at around 10.30pm on June 2 near Braithwell and fortunately the man who found her owned horses and stables, and was able to take her back to ensure she was safe and report the incident to police.
Officers made a number of enquiries to try and locate the owner including alerting members of South Yorkshire Police’s Horsewatch.
Horsewatch is a concept created by the police to support horse owners across South Yorkshire, with the aim of providing advice and information to assist in the prevention of crime and supporting members in creating secure environments for their horses, equipment and vehicles.
Officers also appealed on the SYP Horsewatch Facebook page, asking for people who follow the page to share the information, to make the equine community aware of the found pony.
Within hours, more than 500 people had shared the information and a woman had made contact with the police advising she believed the pony was possibly hers.
PCSO Fry arranged to meet with the woman the following day to check all the relevant documents to establish if Lily’s owner had come forward.
The woman, Katrina Watson, was identified as Lily’s owner, and she was happily reunited with her stable mates.
PCSO Fry added: “I would like to thank Horsewatch members for their help.”