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Pony Up! Horse Found Running Free To Be Auctioned In Clay County

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Clay County Sheriff's Office
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Tom Boy the Welsh pony will be auctioned on Aug. 11.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office is looking to find a home for a wayward pony named Tom Boy.

The dappled, brown Welsh pony was spotted running free, and no owner could be located, sheriff's office spokeswoman Mary Justino says.

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Credit Clay County Sheriff's Office
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Clay County Sheriff's Office
This could be the face of your new pony.

Tom Boy will be put up for auction on Thursday, Aug. 11, at 10 a.m. at the animal control building at 3984 W. State Road 16 in Green Cove Springs.

The pony is of unknown age and is in good health, in addition to being "cute as a button," Justino says.  

Hopeful pony owners must bring a trailer to transport him to his new home on the day of the auction. 

There's no minimum bid, and the highest cash bidder will win the auction. 

"These auctions are not big money-makers because the main goal is to find a loving home for the animal and reduce the long-term cost of care for the county," Justino said. 

Jessica Palombo supervises local news gathering and production, podcasts and web editorial content for WJCT News, ADAPT and Jacksonville Today. She is an award-winning writer and journalist with bylines including NPR, Experience Magazine, and The Gainesville Sun. She has a master’s degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse University and is an alumna of the University of Florida. A nearly lifelong resident of Jacksonville, she considers herself lucky to be raising her own children in her hometown. Follow Jessica Palombo on Twitter: @JaxJessicaP