Officials in discussions about the removal of stray horses from Cork lands

Officials in discussions about the removal of stray horses from Cork lands
Horses in fields in Hollyhill. File Picture.

GARDAÍ and the Department of Agriculture are in discussions about removing stray horses from private lands in Cork city.

A landowner of fields close to the Apple plant in Hollyhill has contacted both gardaí and the Department to raise concerns about up to 17 stray horses which have been on the lands for the last number of weeks.

One of the horses died in recent weeks.

The land is currently being rented for farming purposes which is being hampered by the presence of the horses.

A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture said: “DAFM is aware of the case in question and is in discussion with An Garda Siochana in the matter.”

The horses are untagged.

By law, horses in Ireland must have identification papers called a passport and be micro-chipped.

By law, stray or unidentifiable horses or horses causing a nuisance or posing a danger may be seized, detained or destroyed.

If a horse has been found wandering three times within a 12-month period, it can be seized and unreturned.

Close to 260 horses have been seized in Cork city since 2014, with just over 200 put down.

Only 34 were reclaimed, while another 18 were rehomed.

The cost of reclaiming a horse which has been seized under the Control of Horses Act 1996 is €1,027.

Over a year ago, plans for a horse project, which would have provided grazing lands for horses, were turned down by Cork County Council.

The plans had been drawn up for a 35-acre site near Leemount, on the western outskirts of the city.

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