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Animal control officers seeking owner of wayward Shetland pony found wandering in Norwalk

December 4, 2009 |  2:56 pm

PonyOfficials with the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority are searching for the owner of a stray Shetland pony found wandering in Norwalk traffic Thursday morning.

Sheriff's deputies received an initial report that a loose horse was walking near Studebaker Road and Hayford Street in Norwalk at around 7 a.m. Thursday. The deputies soon discovered that the original description of the animal was a bit off -- there's a rather large difference, after all, between a Shetland pony and a full-fledged horse -- but managed to keep the little creature away from passing cars until SEAACA officer Robby Gochicoa arrived on the scene.

"When [Gochicoa] arrived, he had to get to know the pony and develop a little trust," Aaron Reyes, SEAACA's director of operations, told our sister blog, L.A. Now. "He was a little skittish. The pony, that is." 

In short order, a horse trailer was dispatched to transport the pony, a male believed to be about 7 to 8 years old, to SEAACA's shelter in Downey, where he remains today.  Shelter staff report that the pony, whom they've nicknamed "Big Dog," is friendly and seems accustomed to being around both people and other animals; even the dogs at the shelter haven't spooked him. So far, no owner has stepped up to claim Big Dog; anyone with information about his origins is asked to call SEAACA at (562) 803-3301.

-- Lindsay Barnett

Photo: Big Dog yawns in his cage at the SEAACA shelter in Downey. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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