Friday the thirteenth proved to be unlucky for one horse who became trapped in a cattle grid in Abertillery.
The horse had managed to get two legs on one side stuck under the bars – with the RSPCA and fire service being called for assistance.
RSPCA animal collection officer Stephanie Davidson said: “This poor horse was understandably in quite a bit of distress as he was unable to move and free himself from the cattle grid.
“The owner was notified and a vet attended along with the South Wales Fire & Rescue Service. The horse must have just tried to walk over it and unfortunately slipped in.
“Thanks to the specialist equipment and expertise from the fire service, the horse was cut free from the bars. He had been through quite an ordeal, but was okay after he was released.
“He was checked over by a vet, and there were no breaks, with the horse being able to walk off to a stable for a rest. I was so relieved but surprised he got up and walked off.”
The RSPCA often works with the fire service on animal rescues where they can provide their specialist equipment.
Stephanie added: “We are always exceptionally grateful for the support of South Wales Fire & Rescue Service in helping rescue equines – and this was a great outcome.
“By working collaboratively with the fire and rescue service, we can do more to help keep animals safe.
“RSPCA Cymru continues to urge equine owners to check their animals, ideally twice each day, to help ensure they are safe and out of harm’s way.
“By checking fences, gates and perimeters of paddocks, equine owners can also help prevent their horses straying into areas of danger.”
South Wales Fire and Rescue Service Station Manager Simon Brown said: “Our crews liaised with the RSPCA and a veterinarian surgeon at the scene to work out a plan to free the horse. We used specialist cutting and spreading equipment to free the horse, thankfully unharmed.
“We would like to thank the farm owner and everyone involved for assisting with the rescue. We’d like to remind equine owners to check their animals regularly, to help ensure they are safe and out of harm’s way. Remember to check fences, gates and paddocks to help prevent their horses straying into areas of danger.”
If you spot an animal in distress, please call the RSPCA’s 24-hour helpline on 0300 1234 999.
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