Over 60 horses seized near cardiff airport
Over 60 horses that were “fly grazing” near Cardiff Airport have been seized by Vale of Glamorgan council.
The animals, which were dumped there by their owner, have now been rehomed at sanctuaries in Lincolnshire, Bristol and Devon with the help of animal charity Redwings. Forty Welsh Gypsy Cobs were dumped earlier this month and moved after they faced being seized and destroyed.
The local authority has now launched an operation to deal with horses that are left on its land neat the airport. The council said that it was being left to cover the costs of providing care for the animals. Under the Animals Act 1971, landowners can issue a 14-day notice for owners to claim animals left on the land. If owners fail to claim the animals, then the landowner will become the legal owner. Redwings helped the council to round up the horses and provide them with new homes.
The Norfolk-based charity has taken in 23 horses, whilst 30 have been rehomed at the Bransby Home of Rest for Horses and 10 at HorseWorld in Bristol. The Donkey Sanctuary, which is based in Devon, also helped the council by providing transport for the animals to reach their new homes. A spokesman for the council said of the situation:
“The activity of horse dumping or fly grazing will not be tolerated within the Vale of Glamorgan. “We will continue to protect animals, to ensure they receive the care they require and deserve.” There have been a number of problems with horses being dumped in mass numbers throughout the country in recent years. In spring 2011, 20 horses were dumped at the Rhoose Airport site. One had to be put to sleep but the others were rehomed.
The same problems arose later in the year, when a number of foals were dumped in the same field. There are now fears that the same problems will occur in spring this year, when more foals are likely to be dumped as a result of owners being unable to care for them.
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