Fear for horses' welfare as animals rounded up
CONCERNS have been raised over the welfare of horses after almost a dozen found wandering around Waunarlwydd have been impounded in recent weeks.
Ten horses found on public highways have been rounded up since mid August, including three last weekend.
And residents have voiced concerns that the animals are not being adequately cared for.
Speaking at Waunarlwydd Pact meeting this week, Cockett councillor Ann Cook said: "Horses running wild has been a big issue in this area.
"Ten have been impounded in the last three to four weeks, and the area is constantly being monitored.
"Some residents are making attempts to ensure they are cared for, but there are other disreputable owners who do not".
One resident told the meeting they had spent the day looking to help a pony which had injured itself after becoming frightened.
She said: "Two weeks ago in Westwinds Close a little pony had jumped up and hit the bar at the end of the close with such force that it buckled and snapped. It looked like a spear was lying across the road.
"I spent that day looking for the pony because I felt so sorry for it".
Horses grazing in Swansea has been common place for decades, and has often resulted in concerns about their welfare.
Earlier this year, a Swansea animal charity pledged £5,000 to treat sick and injured horses, and said it had been inundated with requests to keep the issue on politicians' radars.
The Pettifor Trust said public concern over tethered and roaming horses showed no signs of abating, because it was a way of saving money for owners as they did not have to rent a field.
The Trust said it had seen evidence of cruelty to tethered horses, including cigarette burns, and that one animal had nearly hung itself after falling off a wall.
And in July, the Welsh Government called for new laws to deal with the "shocking impact" of abandoned and loose horses.
A spokesman for Swansea Council said: "Since mid August ten horses have been impounded. The reason is they have been roaming on the public highway".
PCSO Stephen Evans told the Pact meeting that apart from the issue of roaming horses, the area had witnessed a low level of crime since the last meeting, with five burglaries and six cases of criminal damage.
Councillor Cook added it was important for residents to report any incidents they witnessed.
She said: "As we get complaints coming in, we are getting them dealt with.
"We can't always give the answers that are wanted, but we are always trying".