Char­ity homes es­caped horses

Eight ne­glected an­i­mals taken in

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

The an­i­mals, which in­cluded two colts and two horses with club feet, had been kept il­le­gally on coun­cil land near Freeze­land Way, close to Hilling­don Cir­cus junc­tion.

The coun­cil was first told about the an­i­mals in Fe­bru­ary this year, and soon af­ter they es­caped onto the A40 be­fore be­ing res­cued by po­lice.

Hilling­don Coun­cil of­fi­cers from the Green

ARMED po­lice swooped in Hayes af­ter re­ports of a man bran­dish­ing what looked like a hand gun.

They were called King­shill Av­enue Spa­ces team served legal no­tices for the horses to be re­moved from the land within 48-hours on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 26.

Af­ter the dead­line passed, they were taken to a safe lo­ca­tion, where a vet in­spected them and con­cluded they were ne­glected.

Even­tu­ally, the horses’ own­ers at­tempted to col­lect the an­i­mals, but was told he would have to en­sure each horse had a pass­port, which is a legal re­quire­ment, prove his own­er­ship, and cover the coun­cil’s costs of look­ing af­ter them.

He went away and did not con­tact the coun­cil again.

As a re­sult they were re­homed to­gether at a char­ity for aban­doned horses last week.

Jean Palmer, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive and cor­po­rate direc­tor of res­i­dents ser­vices, said: “Il­le­gal graz­ing of horses or other an­i­mals is a con­cern be­cause th­ese an­i­mals are not be­ing prop­erly cared for and could put them­selves and mem­bers of the public in dan­ger.

“This shows that Hilling­don Coun­cil will not tol­er­ate any­one who set­tles on coun­cil land il­le­gally and ne­glects their an­i­mals.”

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