REINDEER will not return to Rhyl this weekend after concerns were raised over the condition of an animal at a Christmas event in the town.
Swedish and Norwegian reindeer were brought to the town centre to spread the festive spirit on Saturday but visitors were concerned when one of the reindeer appeared to look underweight and unhappy.
Denbighshire Council’s Animal Welfare department have been informed and a spokesman said the company holding the reindeer were routinely inspected last week and there were no concerns about the animal’s welfare.
The RSPCA said that they had received no official complaints about the welfare of the animals.
Both Denbighshire Council and Rhyl Town Council have now made the decision not to bring the reindeer to Rhyl again this coming Saturday as planned.
A spokesperson for Denbighshire said: “The council takes all such complaints seriously and asked the Animal Health Team to contact colleagues in Staffordshire, where the animal company is based.
“Our Staffordshire colleagues inspected the company and had no concerns whatsoever about the welfare of animals and noted that all animals were well cared for and that the company was properly licensed.
“When asked about the animal that was of concern it was explained that reindeer can look thinner at this time of year as they lose some of their coat and this may have been the source of some of the concerns. Neither the company, the Staffordshire Animal Health team or the vet had any concerns about the condition of the animal in question.
“Both organisations would like to stress that this is in absolutely no way a reflection on the company in question nor does it reflect any concerns whatsoever about the welfare of animals.”
The Animal Company in Staffordshire added: “We find it disappointing that those who are coming down to see the reindeer next weekend can no longer see them. We only had positive feedback from last weekend – it's a shame.”