IMGP0372An appeal for information has been launched after the reported theft of a horse which was subject to RSPCA enquiries.

The horse had collapsed in Cardiff’s city centre in front of crowds of people on April 20.

RSPCA Cymru attended the scene, while Police enlisted the support of a Pontardawe-based animal sanctuary to move the animal and provide boarding while investigations continued.

The equine was subsequently signed into the care of the RSPCA by the owners – however, before the RSPCA could collect the horse, police received a report that it had been stolen from the Whispering Willows sanctuary on Friday (May 3).

Police are looking into the theft, but the RSPCA is also concerned about the welfare and whereabouts of the missing horse.

Anyone with information about the missing horse can call South Wales Police of contact the RSPCA’s inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.

Simon Evans, RSPCA inspector, said: “The RSPCA is very worried about the disappearance of this horse.

“The animal has been the subject of RSPCA enquiries after it collapsed in Cardiff City centre due to suspected heatstroke.

“A Pontardawe-based sanctuary had been providing shelter for the horse, following discussions with the Police.

“However, it has now been reported that the horse has been stolen.

“The animal had been signed into the RSPCA’s care while at the sanctuary, and we are eager to get both reassurances about the equine’s welfare, and for the horse to come into our care following our recent enquiries.

“Theft is a matter for the Police – but anyone with information can contact them and also our inspectorate appeal line on 0300 123 8018.”

A South Wales Police spokesperson added: “South Wales Police is investigating the theft of a horse, which occurred sometime between 7.45pm on May 3, and 10am on May 4. Anyone with any information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact 101, quoting occurrence 1900159383.”