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Stables plea falls on deaf ears.

A FUNDING appeal has been relaunched by a pony rescue organisation - which recently saved some of the animals from being fed to lions.

Maureen Rolls wants up to pounds 200,000 to buy about 20 acres of land and 10 stables for South West Equine Protection (Swep), which she set up in 1966 to rescue unwanted ponies on Dartmoor.

No cash has been forthcoming over the past two months and Mrs Rolls fears that could pose problems for Swep, based in Yelverton, Devon.

She said: "At the moment, Swep is using stables I rent for my own horses and a lady allows us to use some land.

"But it is only a temporary arrangement and if we were given notice to move out we would have a problem."

Mrs Rolls, who is currently caring for 14 unwanted ponies, added: "I am surprised there has been no response to the appeal for Swep's own premises - although money has been coming in to help support the ponies."

Mrs Rolls said she recently saved a number of ponies from becoming lion food when they were unsold at a sale.
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Date:Jan 1, 2002
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