A Tipperary family were reunited with their therapy pony in Cork this morning after it was stolen from them last month.
Cream, an eight-year-old pony, was stolen from a field near Clonmel on Saturday, June 29 at around 6.50pm.
Gardai launched an investigation and appealed for information through various social media channels.
Gardai in Mayfield received a tip-off last night that Cream, who acts as a therapy pony for a young Tipperary girl with Cerebral Palsy, was in the area and rushed to the scene where they found the pony alive and well.
“We’re thrilled - it’s absolutely fantastic,” Anthony Fitzgerald, who owns the pony and travelled from Clonmel to retrieve her this morning.
“We can’t believe it to be honest.
“We were optimistic about finding her but there’s always that thought in the back of your head that it might not happen so we’re delighted now to have her back,” he added.
“We couldn't believe she was gone - it was a huge shock,” he said.
“We were with her up until around 6.45pm on Saturday evening and she was taken at around seven to eight, five minutes after we left.
“We actually didn’t find out she was gone until Monday and we just couldn’t believe it,” he added.
“We had her for eight years and we knew she wouldn’t wander off so we knew she was taken.
“It was a terrible shock.”
Anthony received a call from Mayfield Garda Station in Cork at 2am last night.
“They said they were almost 100 per cent sure they had found Cream,” he said.
“So they sent on some photos and her look at been changed a little bit but even though the light wasn’t the best at 2am, I was able to confirm it was her.
“A good news story every so often is a great thing,” he added.
Mayfield Sergeant Mick O’Connell, who was involved in recovering Cream, explained that gardaí appealed to the public and made an appeal on social media in recent days for information on the pony’s whereabouts.
“As a result of that, we got a call from a confidential source to say where the pony was.
“We acted on that information and the pony was retrieved and walked back to Mayfield Garda station,” he added.
“The owners were contacted straight away and we kept the pony secured and looked after until she could be collected.
“The owners arrived this morning and were reunited with the pony - a good news story and a great result.”
Sgt O’Connell thanked the community in the northside and said the result of this case shows the positives of public and social media appeals.
He confirmed that gardaí in Tipperary are continuing their investigations into the incident and will be liaising with gardaí in Mayfield.