The following story is what sickens animal lovers. An ‘abandoned’ horse collapsed in front of shocked crowds outside the Principality Stadium in Cardiff city centre.
Outside the Principality Stadium, the female pony was pictured surrounded by concerned onlookers who attempted to get her to her feet in the blazing sunshine.
A video shared to Twitter shows two women attempting to bring the pony to its feet and is captioned: “In Cardiff, Wales. I am so very sad. In front of the stadium watching this unfold.”
In some other photographs, a horse-drawn carriage can be seen next to where the animal fell with a handwritten sign stuck to it that read: “Free to a … home”.
The following note was attached to the buggy beside the horse. The exhausted mare collapsed as a result of being out in the heat for ‘hours’.
Sandra Kvaerneng Stolp – from Whispering Willows Sanctuary animal rescue centre, based in Swansea was one of the helpers tasked with collecting the animal.
Speaking on a video that was posted to Facebook, she said: “We were called by the police. A horse had been down on Westgate Street for a couple of hours. It had collapsed on the road.
The horse in the middle of the street. “We did what we could and we got her up and she’s now in the back. She’s munching on her hay, it was the hay that got her in the box.
“We don’t know how old she is. We’re now going to go home and call the vet out.”
Since the incident two people have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Animal Welfare Act. People rallied around the horse. Shockingly, this was the second time the sanctuary were called out to help a horse over the Easter weekend.
On Friday 19 April, a pony nicknamed ‘Gary’ collapsed in a Lidl car park and also Sandra travelled to rescue him. A campaign back by 500 people has begun in order to save Gary. Sandra Kvaerneng Stolp agreed to buy him from the owner for £2,000 ($2,599).
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