THE Chief Veterinary Officer with Louth County Council has told the paper that five dead horses have been found in the Cooley Mountains in the space of one week.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat, Mr Garrett Shine told the paper that: “We have had calls to 5 dead horses over the last week alone, and non compliance with identification rules mean we can never identify owner of a dead horses and so the cost of removal and proper disposal, sometimes quite significant due to location and inaccessibility of where the dead horse lies, falls on the council ie the tax payer, so you can see why we are getting strict on fully implementing the regulations, so we can identify and control horse numbers.”
A few weeks ago the Council began to process of removing horses from the mountain.
“We have taken a significant number of unlicensed horses off the mountain, due to non compliance with control of horses act and subsequent Byelaws, ie horses on the commonage control area need to be microchipped and licensed by council following Byelaws made in 2003 under the control of horses act and then more recently national and EU legislation has made it mandatory that all equines are microchipped and passported.”
Of the horses seized, just one was microchipped.
“A significant number of horses were seized, only 1 had microchip. They are being held in accordance with the legislation , owners have a limited window in order to reclaim them, thereafter any owner will lose title of the horse and it can be disposed of, disposal in the legislation is defined as either rehoming, moving on to some horse charity or sanctuary or euthanasia, and the actual outcome will always depend on the circumstances prevailing at the time, ie the type and condition of a horse, availability of space, potential for rehoming.”