Can you find them a new home? Horses have been dumped like unwanted rubbish on farmland in Mepal

12:53 19 February 2016

One of the nine abandoned horses at Mepal

One of the nine abandoned horses at Mepal

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Bailiffs are trying to find the owners of nine horses who have been dumped “like unwanted rubbish” in a field at Mepal.

One of the nine abandoned horses at MepalOne of the nine abandoned horses at Mepal

The horses are muddy and unkempt but otherwise in reasonable condition - but only because local residents have been feeding them, said 24 Hour Bailiffs, who have been charged with trying to track the owners.

The horses have until noon on Monday (22) after which they will be taken away to be sold.

Bailiff Gary Goy said: “You’ve heard of fly tipping, well this is fly grazing.

“The horses have until noon on Monday and then we will collect them and they will be put up for sale.

Abandoned horses notice at MepalAbandoned horses notice at Mepal

“Fly grazing is a massive problem - there are around 3,000 horses around the country who are simply left - travellers don’t take then with them and it is cheaper than having them slaughtered, it leaves a massive problem that needs dealing with.”

The Control of Horses Act 2015 means that if nobody steps forward to claim the animals then ownership passes to the land owner who can then try to find suitable homes with a charity or have them removed for sale.

“Sadly the RSPCA and other horse charities are absolutely full up and can’t take on any more horses. Nobody wants them,” Mr Goy said.

The horses are on land at Manor Farm in the village.

If anybody knows the owners or can find the horses a home then please call 24 Hour Bailiffs on 01227-750966.

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