Horse owner to give up impounded animals

Horse owner to give up impounded animals

Horse owner to give up impounded animals

31/01/14. Horses belonging to travellers have been moved to another part of Warndon, this time next to Berkeley Way. The horses are chained to posts and only able to move around in small circles. Local people continue to bring them food and fresh water an

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THE owner of two horses taken away by the council following welfare concerns says he has given them up.

Shane Smith was left angered last week after Worcester City Council authorised his two animals to be impounded.

They had been left grazing on council- owned grassland along Wainwright Road in Warndon Villages, Worcester.

But Mr Smith, who is 23 and lives in Offerton Lane, Worcester, says it was too much of a rigmarole to get them back.

They could now be sold at auction should they not be claimed.

"I'm going to let them keep them," said Mr Smith.

"They wanted me to provide them with a lot of paperwork and money to get them back.

"I'll be really sorry to see them go. It's horrible really."

Your Worcester News reported last Saturday that Worcester City Council authorised an external company, Equine and Land Management, to remove the animals under the Animals Act 1971.

“There was a lot of concern from the public about the horses,” said a council spokesperson.

She said this included welfare worries and fears the horses may stray into the road.

Meanwhile, a petition calling for action to be taken to help the animals, before they were impounded, attracted more than 1,500 signatures.

Animal care and photography student Bethany Shipsey, from Worcester, set up the petition after becoming worried about the condition of the horses.

"I still want answers as to why the owners thought this was an acceptable way to keep them and I would like the laws to be changed about keeping the animals," she said.

She added she had been on a number of volunteer trips to Africa to help poorly-treated animals but was shocked to see such problems at her front door.

“I found out about the horses last year when I rescued a Shetland pony that was found wandering the roads,” she said, adding she gave it back to the owners when she found out who was responsible for it.

A Worcester City Council spokesperson said: "We are now in a two week period whereby the owner can come forward to claim them."

The spokesperson added the animals are normally put up for auction if not claimed within that period.

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8:37am Thu 13 Mar 14

The Villan says...

There's a surprise......not!

I would doubt the guy has any paperwork in the first place. Plus, if he really wanted the horses back he would have found the money somehow.

Hopefully the horses will go to a home where they are cared for properly.
There's a surprise......not! I would doubt the guy has any paperwork in the first place. Plus, if he really wanted the horses back he would have found the money somehow. Hopefully the horses will go to a home where they are cared for properly. The Villan
  • Score: 11

9:02am Thu 13 Mar 14

dulon says...

An auction does not guarantee relocation to a 'happy place' An auction sells the item to the highest bidder . I think that the council were too slow in acting on this issue and could now be facing significant costs having now set a precedent . All tethered animals within the council area could be subject to these controls , Also it could be a source of cheap animal care if the auction disposal route is chosen . There is nothing to stop the owner attending or sending a representative to an auction and buying them back .....
An auction does not guarantee relocation to a 'happy place' An auction sells the item to the highest bidder . I think that the council were too slow in acting on this issue and could now be facing significant costs having now set a precedent . All tethered animals within the council area could be subject to these controls , Also it could be a source of cheap animal care if the auction disposal route is chosen . There is nothing to stop the owner attending or sending a representative to an auction and buying them back ..... dulon
  • Score: 5

9:08am Thu 13 Mar 14

nevermindeh says...

The trash originally responsible for these pitiful creatures will ,quite probably, either buy them back cheaply from auction or get one of their scum relatives or mates to do it on their behalf.No doubt it will be cheaper and less trouble than going through the proper channels. Eitherway,they'll soon have some more..... off to the fir st traveller horse fair,no doubt!
The trash originally responsible for these pitiful creatures will ,quite probably, either buy them back cheaply from auction or get one of their scum relatives or mates to do it on their behalf.No doubt it will be cheaper and less trouble than going through the proper channels. Eitherway,they'll soon have some more..... off to the fir st traveller horse fair,no doubt! nevermindeh
  • Score: 8

9:11am Thu 13 Mar 14

reflector says...

His attitude speaks volumes. If he ever had the slightest concern about the animals for which he was responsible, he'd be only too happy to get them back, whatever cost or paperwork is involved.

That said, it would clearly not be in their best interest for them to be returned to him and it is to be hoped that a good home can be found for them to whom Mr Smith ought to make a substantial financial contribution. Of course, he won't but people with his attitude should be made to learn that you shouldn't be allowed just to totally abdicate their responsibilities in this way.
His attitude speaks volumes. If he ever had the slightest concern about the animals for which he was responsible, he'd be only too happy to get them back, whatever cost or paperwork is involved. That said, it would clearly not be in their best interest for them to be returned to him and it is to be hoped that a good home can be found for them to whom Mr Smith ought to make a substantial financial contribution. Of course, he won't but people with his attitude should be made to learn that you shouldn't be allowed just to totally abdicate their responsibilities in this way. reflector
  • Score: 10

9:20am Thu 13 Mar 14

Amybright says...

I think it discussed one of them chain up to green BT box and couldn't get bus because was standing at bus stop cover in mud from head to toe and poor thing didn't have any water. He or she could get on main road too. Let's hope they get a better home now.xx
I think it discussed one of them chain up to green BT box and couldn't get bus because was standing at bus stop cover in mud from head to toe and poor thing didn't have any water. He or she could get on main road too. Let's hope they get a better home now.xx Amybright
  • Score: 2

10:41am Thu 13 Mar 14

Arthur Blenkinsop says...

There are still 3 or 4 of those ponies near where those 2 were taken from. As has been suggested, there was probably no passport paperwork for them and they will undoubtably be replaced very soon with others who will suffer the same treatment. Anyone remember the pony and trap dragged from the severn in Worcester a couple of years ago? http://www.worcester
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There are still 3 or 4 of those ponies near where those 2 were taken from. As has been suggested, there was probably no passport paperwork for them and they will undoubtably be replaced very soon with others who will suffer the same treatment. Anyone remember the pony and trap dragged from the severn in Worcester a couple of years ago? http://www.worcester news.co.uk/news/9807 995.RSPCA_puzzles_ov er_horse_and_trap_ri ver_mystery/?ref=rc Arthur Blenkinsop
  • Score: 4

10:59am Thu 13 Mar 14

nevermindeh says...

Arthur Blenkinsop wrote:
There are still 3 or 4 of those ponies near where those 2 were taken from. As has been suggested, there was probably no passport paperwork for them and they will undoubtably be replaced very soon with others who will suffer the same treatment. Anyone remember the pony and trap dragged from the severn in Worcester a couple of years ago? http://www.worcester

news.co.uk/news/9807

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I most certainly do! A couple of days before that was reported in WN I had seen a pony answering that description being driven with a trap erratically along part of the"Old" Tolladine Road,carrying three young yobs. When i saw the item i reported what i'd seen but was told that it was not the one one that was found.....,but it certainly answered the description. That particular section of road leads toward the traveller site by the canal and although the road is partially blocked off it proved no obstacle to the idiots driving the trap. No-one will ever convince me that it was not the same pony and trap!
[quote][p][bold]Arthur Blenkinsop[/bold] wrote: There are still 3 or 4 of those ponies near where those 2 were taken from. As has been suggested, there was probably no passport paperwork for them and they will undoubtably be replaced very soon with others who will suffer the same treatment. Anyone remember the pony and trap dragged from the severn in Worcester a couple of years ago? http://www.worcester news.co.uk/news/9807 995.RSPCA_puzzles_ov er_horse_and_trap_ri ver_mystery/?ref=rc[/p][/quote]I most certainly do! A couple of days before that was reported in WN I had seen a pony answering that description being driven with a trap erratically along part of the"Old" Tolladine Road,carrying three young yobs. When i saw the item i reported what i'd seen but was told that it was not the one one that was found.....,but it certainly answered the description. That particular section of road leads toward the traveller site by the canal and although the road is partially blocked off it proved no obstacle to the idiots driving the trap. No-one will ever convince me that it was not the same pony and trap! nevermindeh
  • Score: 8

5:50pm Fri 14 Mar 14

lovelyjubbly says...

lets hope they dont get sold for meat!
lets hope they dont get sold for meat! lovelyjubbly
  • Score: 0

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