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Stray horses and other strays

Our animal wardens do sometimes deal with other stray animals besides dogs. There is a particular problem with straying horses in Swansea.

Depending on where they are straying, these animals will be impounded and will be kept for between 2 and 14 days, after which time they may be re-homed.

If a stray animal is impounded a release fee (including any veterinary expenses) must be paid to the council. The animal will not be released and reunited with its owner until the fees have been paid in full. There is no provision for payment by instalment.

In the case of stray horses a valid horse passport must be produced upon payment.

Payments should be made at the Contact Centre, Civic Centre, Oystermouth Road. 

Charges for stray animals
AnimalCharge for release same day as impoundingCharge for each additional day / part day
Sheep£275.00 - 21 day holding period and requirement of movement order 
Goat£275.00 - 21 day holding period and requirement of movement order 

Animals can only be reunited with their owners by arrangement with the animal wardens, during office hours (8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Thursday, 8.30am - 4.30pm, Friday).

Costs correct as at 1 April 2024.

Frequently asked questions about stray horses

Find out answers to the most common questions we get asked about horses.
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Last modified on 01 April 2024