By VICTORIA ALLEN
Creature comforts: Three-year-old pony Grey Lady Too enjoys a cuppa after moving into Stephanie Noble's house, much to the annoyance of neighbours
It is an average, neat semi-detached house on a remote Scottish island, owned by a divorcee animal lover in her sixties.
But Stephanie Noble has horrified neighbours in Back, Lewis, after moving in her pet pony as a lodger.
The three-year-old dapple grey, named Grey Lady Too, has taken up residence in Miss Noble’s living room after a dispute over grazing left the filly without a field.
'Fruitcake': Miss Noble has provoked outrage by allowing her pet dapple grey to become a lodger at her semi-detached home on the Scottish island of Lewis
Her owner has put in a hay bed and turned her chairs into feeding troughs to accommodate the animal, which she now refuses to move.
Miss Noble is now the subject of numerous complaints and visits from her local council and the Scottish SPCA, but because it is her own home officials said last night there is nothing they can do.
Settling in: Grey Lady Too makes herself at home in her new hay bed in Miss Noble's living room
Under fire: Miss Noble is now the subject of numerous complaints and visits from her local council and the Scottish SPCA. But they say they can't do anything because it's her home
Not going anywhere: Miss Noble is adamant Grey Lady Too is happy and here to stay
Neighbours beside the semi-detached home in Broadbay View say they often see the horse staring out of the ground-floor living room as they pass.
Grey Lady Too – named after Miss Noble’s first pony, Grey Lady – has two chairs full of straw to feed from and a bucket of drinking water regularly refilled from the kitchen next door.
In the living room, close to a desk and chair is the pony’s bed of hay, on top of 60 litres of cat litter and four heavy-duty rugs for the filly’s droppings and urine.
Nosing around: Neighbours are furious with the situation and claim they always see the pony staring out of the ground-floor living room as they walk by
The ensuing argument with the property owner saw her reported to the procurator fiscal for an alleged breach of the peace and vandalism.
After that, she took the pony into her house.
The owner said: ‘I will sell myself before I sell that pony. I don’t think any horse or pony should be out in this climate in winter. All I’m doing is fighting for my rights against people, who because it’s unconventional, think it’s wrong.
No home: Miss Noble says she was forced to take her pony in because of a dispute over grazing left the filly without a field
Miss Noble, a qualified British Horse Society instructor who lived in America until 1994, hopes to eventually use the filly for breeding. Her neighbours, however, are less than happy with the bizarre set-up.
One said: ‘Who in their right mind would ever want their next-door neighbour to be a horse? The problem is not unsympathetic neighbours. She has been a pain in the neck from the minute she got here.’
Home sweet home: The pony's bed of hay has been placed on top of 60 litres of cat litter and four heavy-duty rugs for the filly's droppings and urine
The Scottish SPCA has offered to take the pony in but been refused. Inspector Andy Brown said yesterday: ‘We are concerned about the welfare of the pony. But it does appear to be in good condition and well cared for.
‘We are hoping to discuss the matter with Ms Noble. It is an unusual case.’
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The unwelcome horse-guest! Animal lover causes outrage on small island by keeping pony in living room of semi-detached house
By VICTORIA ALLEN