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.”

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

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