RSPCA action day sees 29 horses rounded up in Gower
DOZENS of horses have been and are being removed from a field in Gower.
The RSPCA began an operation in Scurlage yesterday to remove 29 of the animals to safety.
A spokeswoman said it was likely the charity would continue to work to remove the horses today, and said at least six other horses have been taken from the location in the past few weeks leading up to the operation.
The RSPCA has been working with Redwings, Swansea Council and Vale of Glamorgan Council as part of the operation in the village on the Gower Peninsula.
The charity has been working with the owner of the horses for several months to maintain food supplies and access to veterinary treatment for the animals.
However, after conditions recently deteriorated, the decision was taken to intervene and remove them because of concerns for their welfare.
Twenty nine horses including at least three foals are planned to be removed.
They will be cared for and treated before they are moved into a livery yard where they will be looked after on behalf of the RSPCA.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said: "Sixteen RSPCA inspectors, 12 Redwings staff including two welfare vets, eight Trading Standards officers, a local vet and stable staff all attended the location throughout the day yesterday, to make sure that all the horses could be efficiently checked and moved if necessary.
"As this is an ongoing investigation we cannot give any further information at this time."
The news comes following a series of incidents involving stray or abandoned horses this week.
At the weekend, a horse was rescued from the canal in Giants Grave, Briton Ferry — with a second having to be helped from the area on Tuesday night.
Stray horses also caused traffic problems in Waunarlwydd during the rush hour on Wednesday morning.