Equine insurance: Stray animals 'could be seized'

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Equine insurance: Stray animals 'could be seized'

Equine insurance policyholders have been told that stray and illegally-tethered horses in Sandwell could be seized by the local council.

The Express and Star reported that more than 50 horses have been identified in Tipton, after a similar rounding up of unidentified animals was carried out in 2002.

Officers have issued 32 notices in the past weekend, giving 24 hours for owners to move the animals or face their mounts being impounded.

Sandwell's neighbourhoods councillor Derek Rowley said: "The last time we used bailiffs to remove horses from the streets of Tipton it cost us in the region of £25,000 a month. That is £300,000 a year of taxpayers' money."

Mr Rowley added that the last crackdown had been effective, but the issue had "crept back" over the last nine years.

Last week, the Express and Star reported that residents in the Brierley Hill estate in Dudley had been "taken prisoner" by stray horses in the area.

February 08th 2011

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