New scheme launched to deal with stray horses

By: Horse Deals

New scheme launched to deal with stray horses
New scheme launched to deal with stray horses

A new pilot scheme to deal with stray horses, ponies and donkeys has been launched in Northamptonshire.

The pilot scheme, aimed to help reduce the number of stray horses in the county, will work together with a "greenyard" facility to help place the animals in a safe place until their owners can be traced.

In 2011, the county’s emergency services control room received 370 reports about horses straying from fields and endangering road users.

The new scheme will allow officers who are unable to find an owner to call on outside services who will recover the horses and take them to a place of safety.

Here, the horses will be kept for 14 days or until an owner comes forward to claim their animals.

Rural crime officer PC Claire Salmon said: "Stray horses on our roads can be a real danger not only to themselves but to motorists and pedestrians.

"They often get frightened and this can cause accidents on the highways. This is a real concern for us and that is why we have adopted this scheme.

"We expect that this will not only reduce the amount of time officers spend dealing with the incident, but will also increase the safety of members of the public and the stray animals."

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