Action call after pony drowns off Loughor Bridge
A PONY drowned in the incoming tide after apparently having been dumped near Loughor Bridge.
Now a Bynea woman is demanding action to protect the remaining 10 or so horses left "suffering" on exposed marshland in the area.
Her call comes as firefighters from Llanelli were called on Sunday afternoon to bring to safety eight horses reported to be stuck on the estuary's mud banks.
Jeanette Carpenter, 29, of nearby Dyffryn Farm, said she had called in the RSPCA to try to help the animals and to find their owner.
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She was angered to discover one of the ponies had died.
"We have got horses and it is painful to see these ponies suffer," she said.
"It's not pleasant at all. I would like to see these ponies moved onto higher ground."
She said she had made calls to the RSPCA to alert them to the plight of the ponies, but soon after one of them had died.
"I know the RSPCA are stretched, but they can't just leave the ponies there," Ms Carpenter said.
"I have reported these ponies many times to the RSPCA.
"An inspector told me they were fine. I tried to point out that the ponies were only in danger when the tide comes in. They were knee-deep in water.
"The pony has drowned and it's a dreadful situation."
RSPCA spokeswoman Diane Roberts said the charity was called in on December 14 to find that the pony was dead.
"The trouble is with all these ponies being grazed in these wilder areas, it's knowing who owns them," she said.
The spokeswoman added that the charity could not act without discovering who the owner was.
"We can't just seize them and take them away," said Ms Roberts.
"We have to just move them to sensible areas. We have been helping them.
"They had no grazing, shelter, or dry places available and there was loose fencing around the area," said Ms Roberts.
On Saturday, firefighters were also called to Pembrey Country Park to rescue a pony which had become stuck in the mud.