New powers to remove illegally grazing horses in Hartlepool

Councillor Marjorie James, Chair of Hartlepool Council's Neighbourhood Services Committee, with one of the new signs.
Councillor Marjorie James, Chair of Hartlepool Council's Neighbourhood Services Committee, with one of the new signs.

A campaign to tackle the problem of illegally grazing horses is being stepped up in Hartlepool.

Council officials have launched a renewed “zero tolerance” clampdown on fly-grazing using the new Control of Horses Act 2015, which enables landowners to act more quickly to seize dumped horses.

Tango, who was illegally dumped and in a terrible state.

Tango, who was illegally dumped and in a terrible state.

Councillor Marjorie James, chairman of Hartlepool Council’s Neighbourhood Services Committee, said: “We have been working hard for several years to tackle fly-grazing on public safety and animal welfare grounds, and our partnership approach has been recognised nationally as a model of good practice.”

The authority works with organisations such as Cleveland Police and the RSPCA.

Counc James added: “The Control of Horses Act 2015 now gives us a further opportunity to proactively step up our work.

“We are putting up signs at known fly-grazing hot spots owned by the council, warning that horses will be impounded without further notification, and owners should be in absolutely no doubt that this is the only warning they will get, before our equine bailiffs take possession of their horses.”