Missing a pony? Iowa City authorities seek help to find animal's owner

Iowa City Animal Services asking public for help

IOWA CITY — Iowa City Animal Services is asking for help finding the owner of a Shetland pony found wandering in the city this week.

The organization received a report of a stray pony spotted around the Terry Trueblood Recreation Area on Tuesday.

Liz Ford, animal services supervisor for Iowa City Animal Services, said she doesn’t know why or how long the pony was in the woods near the recreation area, but she’s hoping an owner or another community member comes forward to claim the animal.

“She let me catch her in 10 minutes,” Ford said. “She’s definitely domestic.”

Ford said she doesn’t know if an owner wants to come forward since it’s unclear if the animal simply got loose from a pen or was abandoned,

“There are a lot of animals that get dumped,” Ford said. “I don’t know if that happened to her, but in the animal welfare world we are used to that. They’re very expensive animals to care for properly. I think sometimes that can be a problem for people.”

The pony spent Tuesday night with a stack of hay in one of the outdoor dog kennels at the shelter, but it is to remain with a foster family until an owner comes forward or a new home can be found.

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Anyone with information about the owner should call Iowa City Animal Services at (319) 356-5295, extension 7, or the Iowa City Police Department at (319) 356-6800.

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