Horse Collapsed In Front Of Shocked Crowds After Spending 'Hours' In Heat

This is the shocking moment an 'abandoned' horse collapsed in front of shocked crowds outside the Principality Stadium in Cardiff city centre.

The female pony was pictured on the ground outside the Principality Stadium, surrounded by concerned onlookers who attempted to get her to her feet in the blazing sunshine.

It has been reported by Wales Online that two people have been arrested following the incident.

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".

This note was stuck to the buggy next to the horse. Credit: Facebook/Jeanette L Cook
This note was stuck to the buggy next to the horse. Credit: Facebook/Jeanette L Cook

According to the Mirror, the exhausted mare collapsed as a result of being out in the heat for 'hours'.

Sandra Kvaerneng Stolp - from Swansea-based animal rescue centre Whispering Willows Sanctuary - 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. Credit: Facebook/Jeanette L Cook
The horse in the middle of the street. Credit: Facebook/Jeanette L Cook

"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."

LADbible has contacted South Wales Police to confirm the arrests but Simon Evans, an RSPCA officer, explained to Wales Online that two people have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Animal Welfare Act.

People rallied around the horse. Credit: Facebook/Jeanette L Cook
People rallied around the horse. Credit: Facebook/Jeanette L Cook

Shockingly, this was the second time the sanctuary were called out to help a horse over the Easter weekend.

Just a day earlier, on Friday 19 April, a pony who has been given the nickname 'Gary' collapsed in a Lidl car park and Sandra travelled to rescue him as well.

A campaign has now been started to save Gary, which has so far been backed by 5,000 people. Sandra Kvaerneng Stolp agreed to buy him from the owner for £2,000 ($2,599).

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Jeanette L Cook

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd is a Journalist at LADbible. She graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class BA in Journalism. Becky previously worked as Chief Reporter at Cavendish Press, supplying news and feature stories to national newspapers and women's magazines.

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