RESIDENTS have expressed concern after a horse died and another was taken into care by the RSPCA.
An inspector visited a site near the old golf club on Copperas Corner, Penycae, on Sunday after concerned residents raised the alarm over the condition of horses in the field.
Claire Jones, who lives nearby, said people have been clubbing together to provide hay for the horses because they feared they were being neglected.
And she added the owner of the horses was nowhere to be seen, despite several attempts to make contact.
But residents said an RSPCA inspector had told them the organisation was unable to act on any potential neglect if they continued to care for the horses because they needed a recommendation from a vet before they could be taken into care.
Amanda Sagar, who lives opposite the field, said as well as not being fed properly, the horses were “flea-ridden and full of worms”.
She said: “There is one that is really, really thin but they said we have got to stop feeding them. They have got to get in a worse state so we can take them away.
“They have got no shelter either. I know they are hardy animals but if they are not well they need looking after.”
And Rachel Jones, who rents the land next to the site, said a lot of the horses are still foals and are not equipped to fend for themselves.
She said one young horse was lying in the mud and the rest looked malnourished.
An RSPCA spokesman said: “We received a call about a collapsed horse in Penycae yesterday.
“One of our inspectors attended and called out a vet to assess the horse. Sadly, he found the horse to be in such a poor state that he felt the kindest thing to do was to put him to sleep to end his suffering.
“Another horse at the location was also found to be in a poor state and was removed following the advice of the vet.
“Notices were left at the site but we currently do not know who owns the horses – if anyone has information they should call us in confidence on 03001 238018.
“This is an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.”