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Shetland pony found wandering streets of Norwalk

December 4, 2009 |  8:45 am

Officials this morning are seeking the owner of an affable Shetland pony that was found wandering the streets of Norwalk.

The 4-foot-tall tan pony, which animal workers have nicknamed “Big Dog,” was walking near Studebaker Road and Hayford Street about 7 a.m. Thursday, prompting a resident to call authorities, said Aaron Reyes, director of operations at the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority.

Sheriff’s deputies managed to keep the animal out of traffic while waiting for animal control officers to arrive.

“When [our officer] arrived, he had to get to know the pony and develop a little trust,” Reyes said. “He was a little skittish. The pony, that is.”

The pony, believed to be 7 or 8 years old, was loaded onto a horse trailer and taken to the animal control center in Downey. The animal's gentle behavior around strangers and other animals led authorities to believe it was accustomed to people, perhaps giving rides to children or being used as a therapy animal.

“He loves the staff and volunteers, and he’s not spooked by the dogs at the animal care center,” Reyes said. “He’s quite the good boy.”

The area where the pony was found is zoned for farm animals, but officials are more accustomed to seeing normal-sized horses. “You don’t see Shetland ponies,” Reyes said.

Anyone with information is asked to call (562) 803-3301.

-- Seema Mehta

Photo: Senior animal control officer Ken Williams calms a Shetland pony that he picked up Thursday morning as it wandered free in a Norwalk residential neighborhood. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times

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