Seven dead ponies found dumped across County Durham

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RESIDENTS have spoken of their disgust after the carcasses of seven ponies were dumped at various sites across County Durham in the past fortnight.

Three were discovered on Thursday at West Auckland and Leasingthorne near Bishop Auckland and Bishopton, near Sedgefield.

Another had to be removed from the River Wear in Durham City earlier this month. The details of the locations of the other three carcasses was unavailable last night.

Residents living near Oakley Green in West Auckland were horrified to find a dead pony in a storm drain running alongside a public footpath just 50 yards from a housing estate.

Peter Macintyre said: “It is horrific to see, and what’s really worrying is it is on a route to a primary school so children will be able to see it.”

Another Oakley Green resident said: “It is sick and disgusting that people feel it is okay to do this sort of thing.

“It does not look like the pony was well looked after before it died.”

Durham County Council is investigating whether the animals are microchipped, as they should be by law.

Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager at the council, said: “Not only is this dumping an extremely unpleasant act, it is very distressing for the members of the public finding them and for the staff called to respond.

“Having seven dumped may be a coincidence, but regardless, it is something we wish to see stopped.”

Leanne Plumtree, of the RSPCA, said the dumping of ponies and horses is a symptom of a much bigger issue.

“We are in the middle of a national horse crisis right now, there are far more horses than there are responsible owners," she added.

“A huge number of horses are not having their needs met, and those people who are not prepared for the horse to be looked after in life will not want to pay for it to be removed after it has died.”

Ms Plumtree said owners are obligated by law to call a knacker man to remove a dead horse, but it is a service for which they must pay.

“It is a significant cost that is then passed on to whoever owns the land where the horse is dumped.”

Ms Plumtree said the RSPCA would investigate cases where it would appear the horse has been ill-treated or neglected prior to its death.

Information about horses can be reported to the council at horses@durham.gov.uk or by calling the switchboard 03000-261000 and asking for streetscene.

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7:48am Sat 15 Feb 14

Jackaranda says...

"Ms Plumtree said owners are obligated by law to call a knacker man to remove a dead horse, but it is a service for which they must pay."

And which lawless 'community' dumped these ponies? I bet no one can guess!!
"Ms Plumtree said owners are obligated by law to call a knacker man to remove a dead horse, but it is a service for which they must pay." And which lawless 'community' dumped these ponies? I bet no one can guess!! Jackaranda

9:24am Sat 15 Feb 14

thehogman says...

Jackaranda wrote:
"Ms Plumtree said owners are obligated by law to call a knacker man to remove a dead horse, but it is a service for which they must pay."

And which lawless 'community' dumped these ponies? I bet no one can guess!!
I likewise consider your suggestions correct; the same group of people who pay little or no tax, them who drive vans that are rarely traceable, likewise them who claim to discriminated against but offer up no respect for the general population and see kindness and fairness as a thing to exploit to their benefit
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: "Ms Plumtree said owners are obligated by law to call a knacker man to remove a dead horse, but it is a service for which they must pay." And which lawless 'community' dumped these ponies? I bet no one can guess!![/p][/quote]I likewise consider your suggestions correct; the same group of people who pay little or no tax, them who drive vans that are rarely traceable, likewise them who claim to discriminated against but offer up no respect for the general population and see kindness and fairness as a thing to exploit to their benefit thehogman

9:32am Sat 15 Feb 14

black&whitehorse says...

what else can we do with them now that burgers are dna tested
what else can we do with them now that burgers are dna tested black&whitehorse

9:20pm Sat 15 Feb 14

punkrocker says...

don't expect the polis to do anything. maybe these poor ponies couldn't be rode in Tesco. ah those wonderful animal loving minority.
don't expect the polis to do anything. maybe these poor ponies couldn't be rode in Tesco. ah those wonderful animal loving minority. punkrocker

10:11am Sun 16 Feb 14

hippyjohn says...

the relevant authoroties should round up all grazing horses and check for microchips any horse not chipped should be sold for slaughter what are the odds we will see less "travellers"
the relevant authoroties should round up all grazing horses and check for microchips any horse not chipped should be sold for slaughter what are the odds we will see less "travellers" hippyjohn

3:42pm Mon 17 Feb 14

kristal27 says...

hippyjohn wrote:
the relevant authoroties should round up all grazing horses and check for microchips any horse not chipped should be sold for slaughter what are the odds we will see less "travellers"
Unfortunately you won't see less you may see more. I costs about £150 to get a horse taken away and slaughtered -whose gonna pay for that? Hundreds of horses have been dumped in the region recently, certain types of horses bred by certain types of people. They are young male horses that have little if no value and cost £200 to get castrated. You can go to York sales and buy horses for £20 -it costs that to keep a horse properly for a week with hay bedding and bucket feed. -that is if you're not nicking the stuff. Responsible owners fork out upwards of £75 to get horses micro-chipped and passported -certain types get it free. What can the Councils and Governments do? They can start by banning all tethering of horses on the sides of roads and keeping of horses in allotments -it would be a start
[quote][p][bold]hippyjohn[/bold] wrote: the relevant authoroties should round up all grazing horses and check for microchips any horse not chipped should be sold for slaughter what are the odds we will see less "travellers"[/p][/quote]Unfortunately you won't see less you may see more. I costs about £150 to get a horse taken away and slaughtered -whose gonna pay for that? Hundreds of horses have been dumped in the region recently, certain types of horses bred by certain types of people. They are young male horses that have little if no value and cost £200 to get castrated. You can go to York sales and buy horses for £20 -it costs that to keep a horse properly for a week with hay bedding and bucket feed. -that is if you're not nicking the stuff. Responsible owners fork out upwards of £75 to get horses micro-chipped and passported -certain types get it free. What can the Councils and Governments do? They can start by banning all tethering of horses on the sides of roads and keeping of horses in allotments -it would be a start kristal27

9:16am Thu 20 Feb 14

thevoiceofthevoiceless says...

I'm sure you can find the owners down honeypot lane as they have ponies that just walk the street unattended
I'm sure you can find the owners down honeypot lane as they have ponies that just walk the street unattended thevoiceofthevoiceless

3:51pm Thu 20 Feb 14

kristal27 says...

thevoiceofthevoicele
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I'm sure you can find the owners down honeypot lane as they have ponies that just walk the street unattended
wrong tribe - this happened 15 miles from Honeypot Lane at Tindale Bishop Auckland - nuff said..............
[quote][p][bold]thevoiceofthevoicele ss[/bold] wrote: I'm sure you can find the owners down honeypot lane as they have ponies that just walk the street unattended[/p][/quote]wrong tribe - this happened 15 miles from Honeypot Lane at Tindale Bishop Auckland - nuff said.............. kristal27

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