Distressed pony put to sleep after being dumped
A COLLAPSED pony with whip marks and a dislocated hip had to be put to sleep after it was dumped in Llanelli.
Thought to be around three years old, the animal was left in the Bynea area of the town on Tuesday night.
Nathan Roberts, a dressage rider from Swansea who voluntarily helps to rescue horses, called the situation “one of the worst I have had to deal with” after a resident called him for help.
The pony was left at the bottom of a public footpath and was struggling to breathe.
Mr Roberts said: “After my many years in horse rescue most of it is second nature to me now but I was quite taken back at how bad this situation was for this helpless pony.
“After examination we came to the conclusion that the mare was around three years old and should have had a foal at foot seeing as she was bagged up and had milk.
“Her feet were in a bad state and she was also underweight with clear whip marks across her hind end.
“Judging by the skid marks on the bank and the whip marks on her it looked like they [the people leading the horse] had tried forcing her to go up the bank next to the steps where she then fell or collapsed.
“A vet arrived and on further examination it seemed she had dislocated her hip and possibly had broken ribs.”
The pony didn’t have a microchip meaning that there was no way to trace her owners.
An RSPCA inspector was called to examine her before the decision was made to put her to sleep.
Mr Roberts added: “We were told by a resident that the path in which the mare was on would have been used the next morning by children on their way to school as there was a school at the end of the path.
“My concerns are now where is her foal and what state is the foal in?”
An RSPCA Cymru spokesman said: “The RSPCA can confirm that we received a call about a seriously injured equine on the evening of June 25.
“Sadly, the poor animal’s injuries were so severe that the horse had to be put to sleep on independent veterinary advice.
“It is not clear who owned the equine - and no microchip was evident.
“As ever, anyone with information related to animal welfare concerns or issues can call our 24-hour emergency line on 0300 1234 999.”