'Abandoned' horse moved from Warndon Villages after complaints

A horse on grassland in Warndon Villages

A horse on grassland in Warndon Villages

First published in News Worcester News: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

AN “abandoned” horse left on grassland in a Worcester housing estate has been moved after council officers served notice on its owner.

Concerns have been raised after three of the animals were spotted tethered on land in the Warndon Villages area of the city – a practice known as fly-grazing. 

Over the new year, notices were put up by Worcester City Council after one of the horses was found on the council’s land at Newark Green in the Villages.

This prompted its unknown owner to move it to nearby Chepstow Avenue where it joined the two other horses.

“There have been a number of issues over horses tethered in the vicinity of Cotswold Way and Wainwright Road over recent months,” county councillor Lucy Hodgson told a meeting of Warndon Parish Council.

“Events culminated recently with one of the horses being moved onto the green near Newark Green. The horse was finally removed but we are unsure by who.”

She stressed the animals appear well-fed and watered and said the RSPCA would only get involved should there be a welfare issue.

“This is very much a national issue and during a debate in parliament at the end of November it was clear that this is starting to cost councils across the country a lot of money.”

Sue Penny, who set up Penny Ha’Penny Horse and Pony Rescue in Malvern, says she makes regular visits to check on them.

“I have been going down regularly to see them,” she said.

“The problem is escalating. They are being looked after and moved around.

“But I don’t understand how it’s being allowed to continue. We’re getting a lot of calls about them.”

Worcester City Council says it has served a notice at Newark Green for the removal of an abandoned horse.

“The notice requires that the horse be removed within two weeks,” said a city council spokesperson.

“If it is not removed we can seize it and sell it at auction.

“The horse was removed from Newark Green within a day of the notice being served, but was then taken to Chepstow Avenue, where there are also two other horses.

“We are now talking to colleagues at Worcestershire County Council and the police to consider our next steps.”

West Mercia Police said it was working with the city council and Worcestershire County Council to find a permanent solution to the issue.

 

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8:52am Mon 13 Jan 14

green49 says...

Remove the horse the owner will soon come calling, stop pandering to those in the society who just play the councils for mugs, i am a taxpayer so the council should get a grip and sort it.
Remove the horse the owner will soon come calling, stop pandering to those in the society who just play the councils for mugs, i am a taxpayer so the council should get a grip and sort it. green49
  • Score: 18

11:13am Mon 13 Jan 14

Andy_R says...

Aha, I spy a solution to the council's money problems! Simply let us pick one of our elected officials to 'seize' the horse. Guaranteed £250 from You've Been Framed right there!
Aha, I spy a solution to the council's money problems! Simply let us pick one of our elected officials to 'seize' the horse. Guaranteed £250 from You've Been Framed right there! Andy_R
  • Score: -2

12:01pm Mon 13 Jan 14

bigboobzbeans says...

I don't know why they have them if they cant look after them on there OWN land !!
I don't know why they have them if they cant look after them on there OWN land !! bigboobzbeans
  • Score: 10

12:01pm Mon 13 Jan 14

takethe5th says...

Preety obvious who the owners are. Maybe the same people who have been carriage racing the horses round the villages for months.
Preety obvious who the owners are. Maybe the same people who have been carriage racing the horses round the villages for months. takethe5th
  • Score: 15

12:20pm Mon 13 Jan 14

lilboo says...

'Seize them and sell them at auction'!!! OMG, well I hope Worcester City Council can live with that, they clearly have no idea what goes on at a horse auction for the likes of these ponies, 9 times out of 10 they will go for meat, or fall into the hands of travellers, unless a rescue organisation gets there first. Also, Worcester City, how do you intend transporting these horses to sale? I don't recall you having horse boxes in the Guildhall Car Park last time I passed, paying to hire a lorry will cost more that you will raise at the auction - believe me I know!

I own horses, my husband and I work hard to own and maintain our own land and stables, I can just imagine the reaction to us tethering them all up outside County Hall (lovely grass there for them) or on Cripplegate Park - the proverbial book would be thrown at us! However, as responsible and caring owners, unlike others in society, the welfare of our animals will always be uppermost in our minds.
'Seize them and sell them at auction'!!! OMG, well I hope Worcester City Council can live with that, they clearly have no idea what goes on at a horse auction for the likes of these ponies, 9 times out of 10 they will go for meat, or fall into the hands of travellers, unless a rescue organisation gets there first. Also, Worcester City, how do you intend transporting these horses to sale? I don't recall you having horse boxes in the Guildhall Car Park last time I passed, paying to hire a lorry will cost more that you will raise at the auction - believe me I know! I own horses, my husband and I work hard to own and maintain our own land and stables, I can just imagine the reaction to us tethering them all up outside County Hall (lovely grass there for them) or on Cripplegate Park - the proverbial book would be thrown at us! However, as responsible and caring owners, unlike others in society, the welfare of our animals will always be uppermost in our minds. lilboo
  • Score: 11

1:28pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Raymond Delauney says...

Are you seriously having a go at the council for having nice grass?
As for ending up with travellers. Who do you think that they belong to now.
Are you seriously having a go at the council for having nice grass? As for ending up with travellers. Who do you think that they belong to now. Raymond Delauney
  • Score: 7

2:16pm Mon 13 Jan 14

lilboo says...

Raymond Delauney wrote:
Are you seriously having a go at the council for having nice grass?
As for ending up with travellers. Who do you think that they belong to now.
Missing the point completely - unsurprising
[quote][p][bold]Raymond Delauney[/bold] wrote: Are you seriously having a go at the council for having nice grass? As for ending up with travellers. Who do you think that they belong to now.[/p][/quote]Missing the point completely - unsurprising lilboo
  • Score: 3

5:04pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Nortynorse says...

Raymond Delauney wrote:
Are you seriously having a go at the council for having nice grass?
As for ending up with travellers. Who do you think that they belong to now.

You uneducated ARSE, thats all I have to say!!!!
Raymond Delauney wrote: Are you seriously having a go at the council for having nice grass? As for ending up with travellers. Who do you think that they belong to now. You uneducated ARSE, thats all I have to say!!!! Nortynorse
  • Score: -1

5:43pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Raymond Delauney says...

Nortynorse wrote:
Raymond Delauney wrote:
Are you seriously having a go at the council for having nice grass?
As for ending up with travellers. Who do you think that they belong to now.

You uneducated ARSE, thats all I have to say!!!!
I consider myself chastised. My debating skills are clearly no match for yours.
[quote][p][bold]Nortynorse[/bold] wrote: Raymond Delauney wrote: Are you seriously having a go at the council for having nice grass? As for ending up with travellers. Who do you think that they belong to now. You uneducated ARSE, thats all I have to say!!!![/p][/quote]I consider myself chastised. My debating skills are clearly no match for yours. Raymond Delauney
  • Score: 2

6:15pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Gallii says...

Yes you take him and stick him in a auction! grand plan you know where he will end up the slaughter house poor little soul :( Problem is that noone checks passports and you could just call a vet and see if they have micro chips WHICH IS LAW to passport that will tell you the owner if they have NOT got passports there is no owners so just let some one have them and wait and see who complains tell them to produce paper work ect which they wont be able to and if they do you can charge them costs for care and keep! they wont fly graze again but as per normal the honest get passports the dis honest done and noone care if they are legal or not!
Yes you take him and stick him in a auction! grand plan you know where he will end up the slaughter house poor little soul :( Problem is that noone checks passports and you could just call a vet and see if they have micro chips WHICH IS LAW to passport that will tell you the owner if they have NOT got passports there is no owners so just let some one have them and wait and see who complains tell them to produce paper work ect which they wont be able to and if they do you can charge them costs for care and keep! they wont fly graze again but as per normal the honest get passports the dis honest done and noone care if they are legal or not! Gallii
  • Score: 6

7:34pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Doesitmakesense?? says...

As far as we know they belong to the gypsies that live in the caravan park by the canal and they've been moving them around for weeks now. If the Council seize them it would be better for them to go to a horse sanctuary not sold for auction as they won't be guaranteed a good home if they are sold. I personally don't have a problem with them being around - and yes I live near where they have been grazing. My main concern is that they are properly looked after. I've taken them carrots and they are lovely animals that don't deserve to be sold for meat.
As far as we know they belong to the gypsies that live in the caravan park by the canal and they've been moving them around for weeks now. If the Council seize them it would be better for them to go to a horse sanctuary not sold for auction as they won't be guaranteed a good home if they are sold. I personally don't have a problem with them being around - and yes I live near where they have been grazing. My main concern is that they are properly looked after. I've taken them carrots and they are lovely animals that don't deserve to be sold for meat. Doesitmakesense??
  • Score: 13

5:11pm Tue 14 Jan 14

dulon says...

I've taken them carrots and they are lovely animals that don't deserve to be sold for meat.


If you care to go to any slaughterhouse/abbat
oir you will see many more lovely animals that dont deserve to be sold for meat . The fact is that the horsemeat debacle has reduced the demand for horsemeat but not entirely .
Beef for some reason is not as cuddly ! But the prices for wholesale beef and horsemeat remain steady just look at the 'horse meat ' prices on amazon ! Best thing to do is eat them !
I've taken them carrots and they are lovely animals that don't deserve to be sold for meat. If you care to go to any slaughterhouse/abbat oir you will see many more lovely animals that dont deserve to be sold for meat . The fact is that the horsemeat debacle has reduced the demand for horsemeat but not entirely . Beef for some reason is not as cuddly ! But the prices for wholesale beef and horsemeat remain steady just look at the 'horse meat ' prices on amazon ! Best thing to do is eat them ! dulon
  • Score: -3

5:30pm Tue 14 Jan 14

dulon says...

have a look at this article , I am not a regular reader of this 'publication' but it is quite informative /
http://www.dailymail
.co.uk/news/article-
455953/The-English-h
orses-sent-France-ea
ten.html
have a look at this article , I am not a regular reader of this 'publication' but it is quite informative / http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 455953/The-English-h orses-sent-France-ea ten.html dulon
  • Score: -1

6:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Gallii says...

It's not a case of its bad to eat horse meat BUT they have not been fed intending for the meat market they have had drugs, wormers given to them which affects the use for them in the food chain .. Which then leaves the value only in pet food. You cannot guarantee they will end up in a good home they will be bottom value animals that will be sold maybe to more travellers to sit on a tether with no natural freedom or the chance to get out of the weather water when they want to drink PITIFUL life like being a caged hen really. all the laws about tethering and microchipping is a complete joke!
It's not a case of its bad to eat horse meat BUT they have not been fed intending for the meat market they have had drugs, wormers given to them which affects the use for them in the food chain .. Which then leaves the value only in pet food. You cannot guarantee they will end up in a good home they will be bottom value animals that will be sold maybe to more travellers to sit on a tether with no natural freedom or the chance to get out of the weather water when they want to drink PITIFUL life like being a caged hen really. all the laws about tethering and microchipping is a complete joke! Gallii
  • Score: 1

6:33pm Tue 14 Jan 14

dulon says...

Gallil I think that you might be confusing the 'wormers' with the beaut steroid that is used to treat laminitis in feet . Panacur type wormers are also used in goats and sheep that are intended for the table .
Drug residues are the least of the issue . The food advisory service cannot produce evidence to the effect that people have been harmed . What I find incredible is our blinkered emotive prejudice towards one species over another .
What gives us the divine right as to which species should die ?
It might be interesting to find out what the policy is at our local zoo' regarding meat consumption and the species consumed . If I remember rightly Lions are quite partial to the odd zebra ....
Gallil I think that you might be confusing the 'wormers' with the beaut steroid that is used to treat laminitis in feet . Panacur type wormers are also used in goats and sheep that are intended for the table . Drug residues are the least of the issue . The food advisory service cannot produce evidence to the effect that people have been harmed . What I find incredible is our blinkered emotive prejudice towards one species over another . What gives us the divine right as to which species should die ? It might be interesting to find out what the policy is at our local zoo' regarding meat consumption and the species consumed . If I remember rightly Lions are quite partial to the odd zebra .... dulon
  • Score: 0

7:26pm Tue 14 Jan 14

Gallii says...

Not all horse wormers are Panacur there is a multitude of them some NOT SAFE for Human consumption even in meat. Like I said its nothing to do with its Wrong to eat meat more that they might not be fit to be eaten anyway. Cows ,Pig, ect have better welfare than horses so I would happily see a market for meat in horses!!!!! As for lions in a zoo they shouldn't be there in the first place its humans that destroy all they see and humans that treat animals with so little respect. If a cow was left tethered there with no shelter or water would they wait days for notices NO. The laws are clear on Tethering and microchipping horses so why is it able to be flouted without anyone stepping up. Why is there such a delay for these horses being left grazing on council land surly it should be a simple case of scan if they have no chip then they have no owners ergo they can be removed the same day.... this is why the travellers get away with it, If the animal were removed the same day they wouldn't leave them laying around so much!
Not all horse wormers are Panacur there is a multitude of them some NOT SAFE for Human consumption even in meat. Like I said its nothing to do with its Wrong to eat meat more that they might not be fit to be eaten anyway. Cows ,Pig, ect have better welfare than horses so I would happily see a market for meat in horses!!!!! As for lions in a zoo they shouldn't be there in the first place its humans that destroy all they see and humans that treat animals with so little respect. If a cow was left tethered there with no shelter or water would they wait days for notices NO. The laws are clear on Tethering and microchipping horses so why is it able to be flouted without anyone stepping up. Why is there such a delay for these horses being left grazing on council land surly it should be a simple case of scan if they have no chip then they have no owners ergo they can be removed the same day.... this is why the travellers get away with it, If the animal were removed the same day they wouldn't leave them laying around so much! Gallii
  • Score: 2

10:52am Wed 15 Jan 14

dulon says...

Thats it then close the zoos and let the lions out ! That would soon solve a few issues .
Travellers are in receipt of quite a few benefits when it comes to 'discrimination' After chatting to some hippie travellers I was surprised to find out that they can receive £7.50 a week in benefits for each dog ! Also travellers that take scrap in are not compulsorily paid via BACS but as they have no a/cs they can be paid in 'cash' thats discrimination for you .
Thats it then close the zoos and let the lions out ! That would soon solve a few issues . Travellers are in receipt of quite a few benefits when it comes to 'discrimination' After chatting to some hippie travellers I was surprised to find out that they can receive £7.50 a week in benefits for each dog ! Also travellers that take scrap in are not compulsorily paid via BACS but as they have no a/cs they can be paid in 'cash' thats discrimination for you . dulon
  • Score: 2

12:52pm Sat 18 Jan 14

gigi999 says...

yes there nice and friendly horses but they have moved them where kids normally play football and if the grass is all muddy even when they have moved it will ruin it for kids who normally play football there and one of them is backing onto a house what if they damage the garden fence who will pay for it then ?
yes there nice and friendly horses but they have moved them where kids normally play football and if the grass is all muddy even when they have moved it will ruin it for kids who normally play football there and one of them is backing onto a house what if they damage the garden fence who will pay for it then ? gigi999
  • Score: 0

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