Horse abandoned on private Stevenage land in apparent ‘fly-grazing’ incident

An abandoned horse in a field near to Gunnels Wood Road in Stevenage

An abandoned horse in a field near to Gunnels Wood Road in Stevenage - Credit: Archant

A horse has been abandoned on private land in an apparent incident of ‘fly-grazing’.

The equine animal first appeared on private land along Gunnels Wood Road in Stevenage on Friday – the second such incident in the town this year after four horses and a pony were left in a field opposite the Roaring Meg Retail Park in February.

By law, landowners have a duty of care towards animals left on their property. The horse cannot be legally transported until they have been reported as abandoned for a minimum of two weeks.

The landowners, safety educators Crucial Crew, have been advised by police to put up a notice asking that the horse be removed within seven days.

Director Alex Lang said: “Our hands are tied, legally, so we have to follow procedure and leave them there until they are taken away by their owner.”

Anyone with information about the owner of the animal is advised to contact the RSPCA on 0300 123 4999.