Taxpayer foots the bill for keeping horses seized in Kilkenny

Mary Cody

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Mary Cody

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mary.cody@kilkennypeople.ie

Taxpayer foots the bill for keeping horses seized in Kilkenny

Figures obtained from the Department of Agriculture reveal that €18,565 was spent on taking care of a number of horses seized from the Wetlands/Robertshill area last year.
Following inspection, it was established that 27 of the horses were not identified in accordance with equine identification legislation and the lands on which the horses were kept were not registered as equine premises as required by national legislation.The horses remained in the care of the Department from March of last year until October when a judge directed that 37 horses (including ten foals) be returned to the person claiming ownership.
The costs were for livery, veterniary and farrier costs. According to a Department of Agriculture spokesperson, the 'horses were able to graze outdoors on good pasture land over two Summers in the Department facility, which reduced livery costs.