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Fresh fears for horses in South West Wales

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: February 14, 2013

A horse and her foal

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THESE are the latest images of horses in worrying situations in South West Wales.

One image we have not shown you — that of a dead horse on marshland — is too upsetting to display here.

But it comes as the RSPCA has confirmed it has been dealing with reports of dead horses in the Penlan area of Swansea.

The Post received an anonymous report that three dead animals were found in Mynydd Cadle Common over the past week or so.

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Swansea Council, which is responsible for removing dead horses, said it was not aware of any such situation.

But the Post has received photos of a rotting horse, and other animals in concerning environments.

And we continue to receive a large number of letters and calls regarding the issue.

Moves are under way in Swansea to build an equine centre to house abandoned horses.

There are many owners who look after their animals — tethered or otherwise. Others, battered by wintry conditions, survive thanks to the help of do-gooders.

Asked about the dead horse claims in Penlan, an RSPCA spokeswoman said: “We have received several calls regarding tethered and dead horses in that location and two kilometres surrounding.

“Local inspectors have carried out regular checks on the tethered horses, to monitor their welfare and ensure their needs are being met.”

There is no specific offence of tethering a horse providing the owner provides for its needs and does not tether it in a way so as to cause it unnecessary suffering.

Wales spokesman Gethin Russell-Jones said last week that Swansea was a particular blackspot.

There is also a problem in Llanelli where, just last week, a horse was found dying in a field in Trostre.

Penderry councillor Hazel Morris, of Penlan, said: “We are concerned about the number of horses. Very often we don’t know who the owners are.”

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  • VANAH  |  February 19 2013, 11:26AM

    And another in the same area today: http://tinyurl.com/abnfj2b

  • BobDavies2  |  February 14 2013, 6:53PM

    I was under the false impression the Welsh Assembly were finally getting this situation to conform with new legislation. Penlan, Blaenymaes, Mynyddbach common, Lougher Estuary, Birchgrove, are just a few of the areas that should be investigated by the Welsh Assembly, RSPCA, these animals are being kept to supplement the DHSS of these so called Animal Lovers. Now that the value of these animals has now become worthless, they are basically left to starve to death in front of the RSPCA, what's being done about it? Absolutely nothing! They live on scrub land in the middle of rubbish, also living on scraps of rubbish. It's a situation that's getting out of control, positive enforcement is well over due by these authorities, the time to turn a blind eye is over if there's any concern for animal welfare .

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  • 23916163  |  February 14 2013, 5:56PM

    Why doesn't the council ban the owners of these horses from keeping them on council land. Any found on the land should be taken away and placed in a safe environment, try and find the owners and make them pay for their upkeep.

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  • townhilltom  |  February 14 2013, 12:52PM

    "THESE are the latest images of horses in worrying situations in South West Wales." And no photo of a burger or lasagne?......;)

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  • townhilltom  |  February 14 2013, 12:51PM

    "THESE are the latest images of horses in worrying situations in South West Wales." And no photo of a burger or lasagne?......;)

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  • l00king  |  February 14 2013, 12:11PM

    @hacker_jack @ Philosoraptor Compulsory micro-chipping of dogs was passed in to law last week. The act will come in to force in 2016. From then, not having your dog chipped will be an offence. Simply extend this same scheme to horses.

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  • hacker_jack  |  February 14 2013, 11:44AM

    Phil, why should this apply to just horses? If you intend to mark every owned horse then surely you need to extend that to every cat, dog, turtle, budgie or any other pet?

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  • Philosoraptor  |  February 14 2013, 10:42AM

    The WAG needs to introduce urgent legislation if these reports are true. All horses that are not wild (and there are wild horses in the Swansea region) need to be ringed so the owner is easily identified, if a horse in an urban area is not ringed then it is removed by an appropriate authority to a shelter before being passed on to any farm willing to take it. Any ringed horses found suffering will then lead to prosecution, I have a feeling most horses would likely end up at the sanctuary before being moved on to the places that will correctly look after them.

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  • bennyhill4  |  February 14 2013, 10:31AM

    If the EP is getting this information to the whereabouts of dead horses, then why are they not passing this on to the council so they know where to find them to remove them.Surely that is the responsible thing to do rather than just print the story.

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  • Neathboy234  |  February 14 2013, 9:11AM

    Sadly the price of horses will drop like a stone with the meat outlet no longer an option. Why can't people just love animals for what they are. There are 7 billion humans now on earth, at least 6 billion too many.

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