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Twelve Illegally Tethered Horses Seized in Osbaldwick

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2:20pm 28th November 2014

Twelve horses found illegally tethered on council land last night have been removed.

The operation by the city council and police took place in the early hours of this morning in Osbaldwick. It comes after warnings had been posted about the action.

The horses are now in secure stables where they will be cared for, after any treatment advised by a vet. The owners now have 14 days to claim the horses, proving they own the animals and pay the costs before their horse is returned.

The council has been getting tough on illegal fly grazing after concerns from local people, York Outer MP Julian Sturdy and Osbaldwick councillor Mark Warters. In February, the council took action and appointed a horse baliff. The baliff has now been working to tackle illegally tethered horses, particularly by the side of the road, where there are road safety fears. Five horses found on council land were seized in March, after notices being posted in the location.

York Council says since the horse baliff was appoitned the number of reports of fly grazing have dropped by a "significant" amount.

Tracey Simpson-Laing, Cabinet Member for Homes and Safer Communities, said: “This enforcement action to curb fly grazing and illegal tethering is for the animals’ welfare and for road users’ safety and I’m very glad we’ve been able to bring 12 horses to safety. Those which are microchipped can be quickly returned to their owners following the terms of the notices, and the other owners can claim their animal and pay the associated costs. This action sends out a strong message that horses should be securely and legally tethered and grazed.”

Acting Chief Inspector Charlotte Bloxham of York Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Illegally tethered horses present a danger to members of the public as well as putting the welfare of the animals at risk. Incidents involving loose animals also take up a lot of policing resources. The council’s efforts in recovering the animals are very welcome and we are pleased to support this positive move.”

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