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Horses rescued from trench.

TWO horses had to be rescued after getting stuck in a trench.

The horses were unable to back out of the trench at a disused building at an old colliery site in Ynysmaerdy, Pontyclun.

RSPCA inspector Nic de Celis attended following a call from South Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

He said: "The horses had become stuck after walking through a tunnel and down a trench. The trench was narrow so they weren't able to go back when they couldn't go any further. We don't think they had been there long, maybe a day, and thankfully they were very calm and were used to being handled."

The rescue was undertaken by the fire crew along with the owner, while Inspector de Celis consulted a vet and offered advice at the scene.

"The idea was to keep things simple and try and get them out without having to lift them, which can be complex with heavy lifting equipment," said Inspector de Celis.

"A ramp of wooden blocks were used to move them up higher so their heads were above the trench, meaning there was more space for them to turn around.

"It worked really successfully and I would like to praise the fire crew for their expertise and rescue work. Luckily the horses were fine and had no injuries apart from a couple of grazes."

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 26, 2018
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