Illegally tethered horses rounded up during special operation across Redcar and Cleveland area

Darlington and Stockton Times: An example of horses tethered at the roadside. An example of horses tethered at the roadside.

EIGHTEEN horses that were illegally tethered or left to graze loose on public land, in South Bank, were removed in the early hours of the morning (Monday, March 24).

Specialist bailiffs with expertise in removing horses carried out the enforcement action on behalf of Redcar and Cleveland Council.

Several attempts to contact the owners and get them to make appropriate arrangements for the animals had failed.

Cleveland Police supported the operation, which passed without incident.

A council spokesman said: "The council and the police take a firm line on horses that are illegally tethered or fly grazing on public land.

“We are committed to dealing with the problem and further enforcement operations are likely.

“Both the council and police receive a significant number of complaints about the actions of irresponsible horse owners, from the public.

“Horses left to roam freely pose a risk to themselves and motorists, and there are particular concerns over horses that are being left near children’s play areas.

“We would prefer owners to make suitable arrangements to ensure their animals are safe and looked after, rather than take enforcement action.”

Following the enforcement action, notices were posted stating that the horses had been impounded and instructing owners on how they could have them returned.

Owners have until Tuesday, April 8, to claim their animals but must meet the cost of livery, transport and micro-chipping as well as an inspection by a vet and any necessary treatment.

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9:23am Tue 25 Mar 14

hippyjohn says...

this should happen country-wide then the "travellers " will accept they are under the same laws as everyone else
this should happen country-wide then the "travellers " will accept they are under the same laws as everyone else hippyjohn
  • Score: 9

9:32am Tue 25 Mar 14

hasanopinion says...

if they never paid to look after them properly in the first place what makes the council think they will pay to get them back?
you see some of them on the side of roads that look dreadful, they are undeserving of this kind of treatment poor things deserve better!
if they never paid to look after them properly in the first place what makes the council think they will pay to get them back? you see some of them on the side of roads that look dreadful, they are undeserving of this kind of treatment poor things deserve better! hasanopinion
  • Score: 7

1:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

kristal27 says...

They will find out where the horses have been taken, wait until charitable organisations have castrated the colts, brought them back to health and fattened them up -then reclaim them or pinch them back.
They will find out where the horses have been taken, wait until charitable organisations have castrated the colts, brought them back to health and fattened them up -then reclaim them or pinch them back. kristal27
  • Score: 7

5:20pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Jackaranda says...

Pity you couldn't round up the scum who own them and shoot the b*stards!!
Pity you couldn't round up the scum who own them and shoot the b*stards!! Jackaranda
  • Score: 6

8:17pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Rover13 says...

Scum who have no respect for anything.
Scum who have no respect for anything. Rover13
  • Score: 4

5:52pm Wed 26 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

Can anyone answer the question. How do these workshy, ***pony and or /horse keeping, 'Travellers etc' get Free British Nanny State Benefits when most are of ................ NO FIXED ABODE ?. and HOW ? does the TAX authorities consistently (if they ever do ?) CHECK this lot. All state benefits of course paid for my the 'poor Mug Working and EARNING British Taxpayer'.
Can anyone answer the question. How do these workshy, ***pony and or /horse keeping, 'Travellers etc' get Free British Nanny State Benefits when most are of ................ NO FIXED ABODE ?. and HOW ? does the TAX authorities consistently (if they ever do ?) CHECK this lot. All state benefits of course paid for my the 'poor Mug Working and EARNING British Taxpayer'. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 1

5:54pm Wed 26 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

If hardworking, law-abiding Mr or Mrs Soap submit their **yearly Tax returns, in most cases a few days LATE they get £1OO and £2OO Fines. Again it begs the question, How are this lot TAXED.
If hardworking, law-abiding Mr or Mrs Soap submit their **yearly Tax returns, in most cases a few days LATE they get £1OO and £2OO Fines. Again it begs the question, How are this lot TAXED. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Wed 26 Mar 14

cushybutterfield says...

HIPPYJOHN.....Please look at history, its common knowledge that most for time immemorial have always had and gone by 'their own Laws'.
HIPPYJOHN.....Please look at history, its common knowledge that most for time immemorial have always had and gone by 'their own Laws'. cushybutterfield
  • Score: 1

9:40pm Fri 28 Mar 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

It's the horse owners that want tethering up at the roadside. And we all know who they are don't we.

SCUM the lot of them.
It's the horse owners that want tethering up at the roadside. And we all know who they are don't we. SCUM the lot of them. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 0

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