Owner gallops away as bailiffs move in to impound horse

Daily Echo: Owner gallops away as bailiffs move in to impound horse Owner gallops away as bailiffs move in to impound horse

A HORSE that was about to be impounded for illegally grazing in Southampton was ridden away from the clutches of council bailiffs as they were about to move in.

The horse was released from its tether on council land at Olive Road, Coxford, by its owner who galloped off bare-back before the animal could be seized.

Council chiefs believe the preparations to impound the horse must have been spotted from a distance.

Another horse on land at Bakers Drove in Lordshill was impounded for illegal grazing and taken to a secure, undisclosed location, outside the city.

If not reclaimed by tomorrow together with a reimbursement fee for the costs of the bailiff operation, stabling and care, the council said the horse will be “responsibly re-homed”.

The council launched a crackdown on illegal horse grazing last year after a rise in the number of people being trampled on, bitten or kicked by the tethered animals.

They included a six-year-old girl who was nearly trampled on by a horse, a pensioner who was pushed to the ground and others who were bitten and kicked in the stomach.

The council has powers under Section 9 of the Hampshire Act 1983 to impound horses caught illegally grazing if there is potential for damage to property or if the horse is not being cared for properly.

The Southampton City Council operation involved specialist officers from Eastleigh Borough Council and the police.

It said horses illegally grazing on Weston Shore and at other sites in the west of the city were removed by their owners without the need for further action.

Eastleigh council last year won the RSPCA’s Innovator in Animal Welfare Award for its approach in tackling illegally tethered horses.

Southampton has teamed up with Eastleigh to reduce costs and ensure horses are not simply pushed across boundaries from one council to another.

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6:27pm Mon 30 Jul 12

dogbruce says...

I drive past these horses every day and on many occasions the poor animals have NO water ,There is also a tiny horse living in a back garden in coxford Palm road area .
I drive past these horses every day and on many occasions the poor animals have NO water ,There is also a tiny horse living in a back garden in coxford Palm road area . dogbruce
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6:45pm Mon 30 Jul 12

05woodj1 says...

They all have water if you look carefully...
They all have water if you look carefully... 05woodj1
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7:56pm Mon 30 Jul 12

chunky_lover says...

Another case of Southampton city council wasting our money.... Uttterly absurd.
Another case of Southampton city council wasting our money.... Uttterly absurd. chunky_lover
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8:17pm Mon 30 Jul 12

bigfella777 says...

You cant beat riding bare back.
You cant beat riding bare back. bigfella777
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8:50pm Mon 30 Jul 12

bigal007 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
You cant beat riding bare back.
lol yeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaa
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: You cant beat riding bare back.[/p][/quote]lol yeeeeeeeeee haaaaaaaaaaa bigal007
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9:29pm Mon 30 Jul 12

windyboy says...

Should be able to get a posse together and round them up, after all theres enough cowboys on the council....
Should be able to get a posse together and round them up, after all theres enough cowboys on the council.... windyboy
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10:23pm Mon 30 Jul 12

chunky_lover says...

windyboy wrote:
Should be able to get a posse together and round them up, after all theres enough cowboys on the council....
very good!
[quote][p][bold]windyboy[/bold] wrote: Should be able to get a posse together and round them up, after all theres enough cowboys on the council....[/p][/quote]very good! chunky_lover
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1:03am Tue 31 Jul 12

SaffaInTheUk says...

“responsibly re-homed” = bullet to the head.
“responsibly re-homed” = bullet to the head. SaffaInTheUk
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7:53am Tue 31 Jul 12

solents says...

why do the owners of these horses believe that they have a right to let their horses graze where ever they like on public ground? Where I live there are a few public fields in which the horses have been let off and are untethered. (I do believe that the horses are better off being untethered for their own welfare if they are being left for any length of time) but the fact remains they are there illegally. These horses are a menace in so far as I along with others including families have been chased by the horses. They are coming to us for food and being nosey in general. I'm over 6ft tall and find it a bit much, but when I'm with my young family it is down right dangerous. Our dog has been trampled by one of the horses and it came over from the far side of the field as we were trying to keep away from them as far as we could. I feel that this public area is no longer safe for the public to go into and use and it is only a matter of time before somebody is injured by one of them. The local council is aware of there presence but appears to be unwilling to do anything about it. Makes me wonder why I pay my taxes.
why do the owners of these horses believe that they have a right to let their horses graze where ever they like on public ground? Where I live there are a few public fields in which the horses have been let off and are untethered. (I do believe that the horses are better off being untethered for their own welfare if they are being left for any length of time) but the fact remains they are there illegally. These horses are a menace in so far as I along with others including families have been chased by the horses. They are coming to us for food and being nosey in general. I'm over 6ft tall and find it a bit much, but when I'm with my young family it is down right dangerous. Our dog has been trampled by one of the horses and it came over from the far side of the field as we were trying to keep away from them as far as we could. I feel that this public area is no longer safe for the public to go into and use and it is only a matter of time before somebody is injured by one of them. The local council is aware of there presence but appears to be unwilling to do anything about it. Makes me wonder why I pay my taxes. solents
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8:29am Tue 31 Jul 12

The Wickham Man says...

It is a myth that Irish Travellers "love" horses - they love what they can do with them which is a different thing, but all too often the animals are badly treated, and the owners seem to have no understanding at all of what a horse wants or needs. The idea of chaining a herd animal in isolation is cruel, and leaving a bucket of water nearby is always at risk of being kicked over.
It is a myth that Irish Travellers "love" horses - they love what they can do with them which is a different thing, but all too often the animals are badly treated, and the owners seem to have no understanding at all of what a horse wants or needs. The idea of chaining a herd animal in isolation is cruel, and leaving a bucket of water nearby is always at risk of being kicked over. The Wickham Man
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1:27pm Tue 31 Jul 12

Niel says...

SaffaInTheUk wrote:
“responsibly re-homed” = bullet to the head.
Quite possibly the best outcome for some of them and the state the poor animal is in, better than the chemical death some vets use...
[quote][p][bold]SaffaInTheUk[/bold] wrote: “responsibly re-homed” = bullet to the head.[/p][/quote]Quite possibly the best outcome for some of them and the state the poor animal is in, better than the chemical death some vets use... Niel
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4:31pm Tue 31 Jul 12

sotonandproud says...

its not permittable to let horses graze on waste ground but ok for dog owners to let their dogs **** on the same ground.
keeping horses should be a pleasure just like having an allottment but you try an find grazing from this council.
you would think horse owners would be thanked by the council for keeping the grass down as they dont seem to be cutting it in southampton.
its not permittable to let horses graze on waste ground but ok for dog owners to let their dogs **** on the same ground. keeping horses should be a pleasure just like having an allottment but you try an find grazing from this council. you would think horse owners would be thanked by the council for keeping the grass down as they dont seem to be cutting it in southampton. sotonandproud
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