Wor­king horse and cart im­poun­ded

George Herald - - ARBOUR WEEK -

The Gar­den Rou­te SPCA has re­acted to so­ci­al me­dia pos­ts clai­ming that a horse u­sed to pull a he­a­vi­ly la­den cart is un­der­fed and thin. Re­si­dents clai­med the cart is in poor con­di­ti­on, which puts ex­tra strain on the a­ni­mal. The horse was ta­ken in­to the ca­re of the SPCA af­ter it was as­ses­sed by SPCA in­spec­tors. Its diet has been en­han­ced and its ge­ne­ral he­alth at­ten­ded to. The cart has been im­poun­ded and will on­ly be re­le­a­sed on­ce it com­plies with mu­ni­ci­pal by-laws, as well as with South A­fri­can Bu­reau of Stan­dards (Sabs) and SPCA stan­dards.

A mu­ni­ci­pal per­mit to o­pe­ra­te a horse­dra­wn vehi­cle must be obtai­ned by the o­w­ner and he will be ad­vi­sed by the SPCA In­spec­tors and Education U­nit a­bout the laws to be ad­he­red to, as well as accep­ta­ble tack, tre­at­ment and fee­ding of the horse and the re­gu­lar main­te­nan­ce nee­ded to be do­ne to the cart. Re­gu­lar in­specti­ons of the horse and the cart will be ma­de in fu­tu­re to en­s­u­re the o­w­ner com­plies with the­se le­gal and mo­ral o­bli­ga­ti­ons.

Re­ad mo­re on the by-laws that ha­ve to be ad­he­red to as far as wor­king horses are con­cer­ned at www.ge­or­ge­he­rald.com.

- Wen­dy Jones, Gar­den Rou­te SPCA vo­lun­teer

The cart will not be al­lo­wed back on the ro­ads until it com­plies with mu­ni­ci­pal by-laws.

The un­der­fed horse in the SPCA y­ard.

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