Two horses put down and 100 others removed from ‘awful conditions’

  • Two horses have been put down and up to 100 others, as well as more than 100 other animals, were seized following a welfare investigation carried out by the RSPCA and North Wales police in partnership.

    An arrest was also made after a member of the rural crime team was allegedly assaulted during the raid at a property near Pwllheli, Gwynedd on Tuesday (1 September).

    More than 100 other animals were also taken into RSPCA care, in what is being described as a “large-scale cruelty case”.

    In a statement, a member of the North Wales Police rural crime team said that the team had been “working flat-out since early this morning and [we were] still at the location rescuing animals [at 9pm].”

    The statement added that it had been a “truly harrowing day for all the team” and confirmed that “a case will be taken against the person responsible”.

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    Rural crime team manager Rob Taylor said: “To see animals being kept in such awful conditions is appalling and it’s shocking to have to remove more than 100 horses for their welfare as well as a mixture of other animals.”

    A spokesman for the force confirmed that 122 mixed poultry, more than 100 horses and a number of rabbits were taken by the RSPCA. “Sadly, two horses had to be euthanised at the location due to their condition,” the spokesman said.

    A spokesman for the RSPCA told H&H that as enquiries are ongoing they were “unable to go into further detail at this time”.

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