Several residents have copied me into emails or social media posts about the horses being moved between Hunslet Moor and Northcote Playing Field. Residents have expressed a mixture of concerns around public safety and for the welfare of the horses, partially the mare and foal.
The removal of the mare and her foal has a number of issues which must considered:
A legal notice has been issued for the impound of the horses by the Councils Horses Team and it was hoped this would prompt the owner to move the horses to a more appropriate location. Sadly, this hasn't happened and the animals may now be impounded. Owners very rarely reclaim their horses back once this happens and so a long term plan for the animals must be considered before any action can be taken. The Councils Horses Team is now at this stage.
If the Council does need to impound the animals, this requires police assistance. The police have a number of conflicting demands on their time at the moment so trying to identify the most convenient time for their support may take some time. If this does need to happen and the foal rs not strong enough to be relocated, the Council we will have to leave the foal with its mother and just relocate any other horses on the sites.
An impound operation took place last night. There were just two horses on the moor and both were impounded with Police present. The mare and foal had already been removed, presumably by the owner a couple of days ago. So the moor is all clear this morning. Notices were left advising the owner has 72 hours to claim (end of office hours Wednesday) and pay for their return.
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