THE Post asked Swansea Council the following questions. Here's what they said...
How many horses did the council impound in 2010, 2011 and 2012?
58 in 2010, 129 in 2011 and 154 in 2012.
What happened to those horses?
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Horses impounded are released to the owner on the production of a valid horse passport and payment of the relevant fine and veterinary costs, if appropriate. Our normal process is that, wherever possible, any unclaimed horses are chipped, passported and rehomed via horse charities.
How many times did the council prosecute owners for not having horse passports in 2010, 2011 and 2012?
None. When an owner turns up without a passport, then we take two forms of ID from them before giving the horse back. Trading Standards contact the owner to ensure the passport is obtained as soon as possible.
Are owners allowed to tether horses on council-owned land?
No, and we have discretionary powers to impound them.