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Fears are raised over a group of horses left to forage for food in Clase

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 21, 2013

A horse tethered in Clase

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CONCERNS have been raised about a group of horses who were left to forage for food in the snow.

Worried residents say three animals were left out as temperatures plummeted at the site near Clase Social Club, Pengwern Road, Clase.

They say following steps by the Welsh Government to encourage the micro-chipping and passports for horses, more needed to be done to protect the animals.

Swansea Councillor June Burtonshaw, who is the Cabinet Member for Place, said a meeting was due to be held over the issue, and she added action needed to be taken.

A resident, who did not wish to be named for fear or reprisals, said the horses weren't moved until Saturday.

He said: "The conditions were terrible and the horses were left out forging for food near Clase Social Club.

"I tried to get in touch with Swansea Council's environment department on Friday but I couldn't get hold of anyone.

"Swansea Council needs to do more to enforce the law.

"Councillor June Burtonshaw has mentioned she will be holding a meeting."

He added: "Swansea Council needs to take on board what the Welsh Government is doing.

"We need to make sure that horses are properly looked after and that they are being chipped or issued with passports."

Councillor Burtonshaw said she believed horses should not be treated in that way and a meeting would be held in the months ahead on the matter. She added: "It's terrible, no-one should do that to animals.

"It's bad enough being cold without having to search for food.

"Someone should have gone to check on them.

"There needs to be tighter legislation on this issue.

"We are going to have a meeting with the Cyrenians who are looking to do a project on horses.

"It's a Swansea-wide issue — I have got horses in the field behind my home."

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  • godisalie  |  January 21 2013, 8:12PM

    Another fine example of treatment of animals by "Human SCUM".

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  • haveaheart  |  January 21 2013, 8:09PM

    I agree with VANAH Horse Welfare as I too have reported the plight of these horses to the RSPCA. They don't seem to have a problem with horses being tethered even though I explain that they have no food, water or shelter. The charity is a joke, they care no more for these horses than their so called "owners". The are supposed to PREVENT cruelty to animals, they do no such thing. The horses are not owned by travellers, they belong to people living nearby, often left where they can see them from their windows. I too, like SangriaGirl would welcome a public meeting with Councellor Burtonshaw regarding these poor animals, maybe something will be done for them, someone has to give them a voice. Please do feed them your peelings or veg if you have any near you, I'm sure if they did have a voice then they would be so grateful.

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  • VANAH  |  January 21 2013, 7:49PM

    by Jiffy. Monday, January 21 2013, 11:14AM. "Why do organisations believe that setting up a Failbook page is the answer to everything? Actually, not wanting to bleat, but we are a successful campaign group which since launched a few years ago have grown in strength and have been very successful in getting help to many horses, and stopped them dying, raising media awareness to national, and international, equine groups and as we have grown so have our supporters who are huge advocates for animal welfare. WE save horses, we rescue horses, we shout loudly for the authorities to act, and we get results. What do you do? fail some more?

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  • helpthehorses  |  January 21 2013, 7:01PM

    Thank you Evening Post for highlighting this issue, hopefully something will finally get done about it. I have been complaining to the RSPCA for ages and nothing gets done. They really need help. Anyone who has a horse tethered near them please take your peelings or unwanted veg so they get something to eat. Evening Post more articles like this please! by swansealass

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  • skewenboy  |  January 21 2013, 4:39PM

    I've been on to the 'so-called' Clydach police, (don't laugh!') about a similar thing at the farm at Ynystanglws Farm, Garth Rd. Near Ynystawe, Swansea. Sheep. Nobody looking after them. I've rescued one trapped in brambles in distress, on the river bank. A couple of weeks ago...sheep all over the road. I herded them in. Phoned 101, they didn't even bother to respond. A week later they were all wandering around in adjacent woodland where they were in danger from dogs and anybody else who may wish them harm. Still no response. Last Tuesday there was a dead sheep lying in the field. Animal lovers? How about some concerted action? The pointless police put me onto Defra, who put me onto Animal Welfare...who all said, 'we'll call you back'' but of course, nobody did. No surprise there then! Come on! Surely I'm not the only one who's concerned about animal welfare!!!

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  • tory12345  |  January 21 2013, 1:52PM

    All the authority and walfare people who know about these horses are just as guilty as the owners . They should be taken away and rehomed or put to sleep. Sad that so many konow about them but turn the other way.

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  • deridu  |  January 21 2013, 1:13PM

    tethered horse, for shame it cannot even move around to keep warm yet alone food water... take these animals should be taken by rspca

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  • Neathboy234  |  January 21 2013, 12:10PM

    My Grandfather was born and raised on a local farm, and my second cousin is now the current owner. The farm due to it's manly hilly land use to have over 300 sheep and a few cows. Gone are the sheep and cows to be replaced by 100 horse. He told me when i visited him on x-mas that most owner only keep their horse for about a year or two, then then get bored of them and sell them on. Animals treated as nothing more than a passing hobby, how sad. Perhaps we should start locking a few people up in jail over their attitude to these animals, just to focus the minds of those who couldn't care less

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  • JohnSW4  |  January 21 2013, 12:08PM

    The RSPCA as become a almost useless organisation! Horses should in this weather never be pegged out in open fields especially with out blankets to much soggy grass causes illness they need worming and a variation of proteins and dry hay! Horses in their natural surroundings would go immediately go for shelter "woods"tree cover and bunch together! The RSPCA know this but refuse to tackle those who own horses who have no facility's for horses! They are more concerned with the cost of prosecutions than actually animal welfare

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  • gixer400  |  January 21 2013, 11:55AM

    They dont belong to travellers, they belong to people who live in Clase.

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