Heartbroken Andi left devastated as thieves makes off with pony
A young girl with hearing difficulties has issued a desperate plea for the return of her beloved pony that was stolen from a field.
Eight-year-old Andi Scott has been crying ever since the pony was taken on Sunday evening and she has pleaded with whoever is responsible to return her much-loved pet.
Thieves led the pony out of its field and away on Sunday about 6.10pm from the Dagger Road, near the Maze at Lisburn.
The family lives right beside the field but did not notice the animal being stolen.
They have put up a substantial reward for the return of the pony as it is "Andi's wee world" according to mum Beverley.
"Toffee is a 13.2 hands high chestnut mare," said Beverley. "We have had her for five years now.
"Andi has partial hearing in both ears and when she is with Toffee she is in her own wee world.
"She feels safe with the pony and is utterly distraught that someone has taken it.
"Andi has grown up with this pony. It belonged to my other daughter Phoebe before that but she outgrew it.
"We then gave the pony to Andi who spends as much time as she can with Toffee.
"Being with the pony helps Andi a lot in dealing with her hearing difficulties.
"It is as if the pony and her communicate with each other and that keeps Andi happy."
The theft has been reported to the police and CCTV recordings have been monitored which Beverley says identifies the thieves.
However, this is the second time the family have suffered the loss of a pony and have been left distraught.
Just last year another one of their ponies died with equine colic.
"I can't believe anyone would go into a field and steal our wee pony. They are heartless," said Beverley.
"But I am hoping she will be returned. We have started an online campaign to find Toffee and are hopeful that we will see our beloved pony again soon.
"Andi hasn't stopped crying since Sunday. It is not fair that anyone can do this.
"We lost another pony with colic last year and that was bad enough but this is terrible!"
Beverley is offering a substantial reward leading to the recovery of Toffee.
Information can be passed to the family via the Belfast Telegraph on 028 9025 4440.