Warnings for dog owners after dead sheep and horses found in Llanelli
DEAD horses and sheep found at Llanelli's coastal park have prompted warnings to dog walkers.
Carmarthenshire Council is calling on owners of the pets to ensure they keep an eye on off-lead dogs at the Millennium Coastal Park, in case they too get lost and fall into the same situation.
"We have had two dead horses and a dead sheep at the Millennium Coastal Park between Llanelli and Loughor," said a spokesman for the authority.
"It's difficult to tell what has happened to these animals, but we are having problems on Llanelli beach.
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"It cost £200 to £300 per animal for us to dispose of them."
He said he thought the sheep had been washed into the river in the Gwendraeth or Towy valleys during heavy rain, and been dragged down on to the beach.
The problem has prompted them to warn dog walkers to be aware of dangers both at the coastal park and Pembrey Country Park.
"There have been examples of dogs running off after wildlife and getting lost in the woods of Pembrey," said a spokesman.
"We do have a Dog Walking Friends group, who will take in dogs until owners come forward, but it's a stressful time for rangers when a dog strays or is lost.
"Our parks are large, and when a dog goes off and around the bend, they are often lost in the woods, so we're asking dog owners to be careful."
The news of the Carmarthenshire animals came days after the RSPCA confirmed it has been dealing with reports of dead horses in the Penlan area of Swansea.
The Post received an anonymous report that three dead animals were found on Mynydd Cadle Common over the past week or so.
A horse was also found dying in a field in Trostre.
Moves are under way in Swansea to build an equine centre to house abandoned horses.