The recovery of Coco the Shetland pony is a heart-warming story, especially at this time of year.
With the help of the Stepping Stone Ranch in Baldwin City, Coco is ready for adoption. Steve and Vera Gannaway, who operate the ranch, agreed last April to foster Coco for the Lawrence Humane Society. Her previous owner had neglected Coco and allowed her hooves to grow so wildly that they turned into grotesque curls that prevented her from walking. The former owner, John Steffen, 44, of Eudora, pleaded no contest in November to one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty.
The community owes the Gannaways its thanks for caring for Coco, who is now looking for a new home. The 40-inch-tall pony is the smallest of two-dozen horses on the ranch, but Steve Gannaway says Coco, a feisty 13-year-old who can hold her own, is friendly and would make a good companion for another horse in a pasture. Those interested in adopting Coco or helping pay for her care can contact the Lawrence Humane Society.
This truly is a moving tale for the holidays.