TWO people have been arrested after a “pregnant” horse collapsed in Cardiff after it was allegedly forced to pull trap on the hottest day of the year.
The men aged 21 and 25 were arrested on suspicion of causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal.
Media Wales2 Two people have been arrested after a “pregnant” horse collapsed in Cardiff after it was forced to pull trap on the hottest day of the year
South Wales Police and the RSPCA raced to Westgate Street at 7PM on Saturday after reports of a collapsed horse outside the Principality Stadium.
A video which has been circulated Twitter shows the horse on the ground unable to move for three hours.
The horse was eventually able to stand up before she was taken to Whispering Willows Sanctuary in South Wales.
2 South Wales Police and the RSPCA raced to Westgate Street at 7PM on Saturday after reports of a collapsed horse outside the Principality Stadium
"EXHAUSTED AND SUFFERING"
Sanctuary worker Shaun Fox said the horse was “exhausted and suffering from heatstroke which could have been fatal.”
It is now understood the horse is “doing ok” and he was eating hay and drinking water.
Staff believe the horse is around three or four years old and think she could be pregnant – but they’re still waiting on a vet to assess her.
Former veterinary nurse, Jenette Cooke, who tended to the horse said: “Someone had thrown a bucket of water over her, but I told them not to do that because it was so hot it can send the animal into shock
“We tried to rub the pony’s feet to get the blood circulating, but it took four goes till we could lift her to standing.
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“She was sweating and panting fast, and I had to hold my hand under her head to stop it hitting on the pavement.”
Ms Cooke added: “She was in foal and looked very young, but her owner was running her around Cardiff.”
A police spokeswoman said: “South Wales Police responded to numerous calls reporting concern for the welfare of a horse on Westgate Street, Cardiff, shortly before 7pm last night.