Second horse rescue in Briton Ferry prompts worries from residents
ANOTHER horse has been rescued from a canal in Briton Ferry — prompting worries from residents in the area.
Leanne Jenkins, of Gethin Street, contacted the Evening Post after taking part in an incident to rescue the animal at around 6.30pm on Monday.
On Saturday night, fire crews from Swansea and local man, Levi Spillman, also helped rescue a horse from the canal at around 9.45pm.
Miss Jenkins, who herself has a horse at Giants Grave stables, said: "We noticed it in the morning in the field next to the canal, when we went down to feed our horses, but we thought it was a new horse belonging to the stable owner.
"But he told us it wasn’t his, that his new horse was up in the stables.
"But it was still in the area in the evening, so we caught this pony — it was only young and had just come off his mother by the looks of him — and got him into the stable."
She said she and others had been concerned on hearing over the past few months about similar incidents across South Wales, but said the two incidents were the only ones to have happened in the area.
"This is the only time it’s happened," said Miss Jenkins.
"It’s closer to home now, and it’s just going to keep happening.
"At least people are taking them in."
She said Mr Spillman and grandfather, Ceri Spillman, were housing the horses in paddocks at their stables at Giants Grave — but said it was expensive to feed them.
"Something has got to be done about these people dumping these poor horses who have barely left they mothers.
"It's only a matter if time before we start finding them dead in the canal or someone gets seriously hurt but these poor horses."
Miss Jenkins said she had tried to contact the RSPCA on Monday evening, but was left listening to an automated message.
But a spokeswoman for the charity said it received a high volume of calls on an annual basis, adding: "We do ask that people be patient and hold on through the automated message until they get through.
"If they hold on patiently, we will get to them."
Police say they were called about the incident, but that the charity was dealing with it.