A DALTON family are appealing for the return of a much-loved Shetland pony.
Fourteen-year-old Lollipop was snatched from the field where he lived, off Jagger Lane, Dalton.
"Everyone knows him from that field. We're gutted that he's gone," said owner Vicki Hayley, who has two children Joshua Chambers, 14 and Sophie Chambers, 11.
"He's got a limp on his back left leg and is of no value to anyone but us.
"We just keep thinking he's being ill-treated, not fed, or up to his neck in mud in a field."
Lollipop has been part of the family since he was four months old.
"All the children used to ride him when they were younger," said Vicki.
"I've kept and ridden horses for 20 years and always wanted a Shetland pony."
Lollipop, who Vicki visited twice a day, was freeze-marked with the number 0Y4A and the mark will still be visible even if his coat is shaved.
"He's very, very fat - as wide as he is tall - and he has a lovely, friendly temperament.
"Like all horses he could be a bit grumpy at times, but most of the time he was smashing.
"We all just want him home."
Anyone who knows where he is should call Vicki on 07769750617.