RSPCA Cymru rescued a skewbald horse – believed to be of trotter-type – found to have a serious leg injury, prompting the animal welfare charity to launch a search for the equine’s owner.
Officers were contacted after the horse was seen to be trapped, with water up to their shoulders, in a field off Wentloog Avenue in Cardiff.
The horse was found to be trapped in a reen, and the RSPCA enlisted the help of the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, who were able to utilise their equipment to pull the horse to safety. The rescue took place on Tuesday (10 July).
Worryingly, the horse was found to have a wound to the back right leg. RSPCA took over the care of the equine, who is now undergoing extensive treatment for the leg problem.
An RSPCA appeal for information has now been launched in the hope of tracking down the owner, or deciphering how the horse came to be left in such a state on Wentloog Avenue.
The horse was not microchipped – but in England, it will be mandatory as of October 2020 for all owners to get any equine chipped – regardless of their age. RSPCA Cymru say the plight of this skewbald horse, and the lack of a known owner, highlights the importance of similar provisions being implemented in Wales as soon as possible.
RSPCA inspector Selina Griffiths said: “We’re so grateful to South Wales Fire & Rescue Service, who were able to assist us and get this horse out of the reen.
“Sadly, we found the horse to have a serious leg injury, and who is now in our care and requiring urgent care and support.
“This horse was not microchipped. The law is due to change in England, meaning a horse of any age will be required to be microchipped as of October 2020; encouraging responsible horse ownership and deterring people from leaving their horses unchipped. We’re hopeful the Welsh Government will bring forward similar provisions soon; and this incident highlights the importance of this happening.
“We’re eager to find the owner of this equine, or more information as to how this skewbald horse came to be left so badly injured in a field by Wentloog Industrial Park. Anyone with information can contact our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”
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