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New neigh-bour is a mystery to residents
RESIDENTS in Stratton are puzzled after a horse was left tethered on a patch of nearby grass – where he has remained for almost a week.
The animal has been tied up around the ankle on a strip of land off Cowleaze Walk, next to the allotments on Beechcroft Road, in Stratton, since last Friday.
Wiltshire Police have received five phone calls from concerned neighbours, Swindon Council’s animal welfare officers have checked on his condition, which they found to be healthy, and the RSPCA have also been informed.
The Adver understands the horse’s owners have recently moved out of the area and were last night looking to find an alternative place to keep the small horse.
Several people called the Adver to raise their concerns and word soon spread, turning the area into a temporary petting zoo for youngsters walking home from school.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “I saw him yesterday morning tethered to a piece of council land. The rope had caught around his hoof and its shoe and me and a couple of others tried to unhook it but we couldn’t.”
Paul Russell, clerk of Stratton Parish Council, said that they had received around half a dozen calls in the last two days, plus several people coming in to the offices concerned with the welfare of the horse.
He said: “The horse is tied up behind a house on Beechcroft Road.
“It is not on our land so we can’t do anything, but the police know and so does Swindon Council because it is on their land.
“The RSPCA are also aware, everyone seems to be quite concerned, but I think they are happy to leave it there. We have had a few calls about it, I would say about half a dozen, and have had a couple of people coming in.
“The horse seems OK though, I think people passing by have been giving it food like carrots.”
A spokesman for the council said: “We have had a number of calls from the public alerting us to the horse. Our animal warden has been out to ensure there are no animal welfare issues.
“The horse is in reasonable health and has access to water and grazing. We have also not received any complaints asking for the horse to be removed. It is our understanding that the horse is being looked after by a family living close by and it will be moved shortly.”
A police spokesman said: “We were called several times with reports of a horse stuck in mud and tethered by a rope in Cowleaze Walk. We attended but it was not a police matter and so we took no further action.”
The Adver tried to contact the RSPCA for comment but there was no response by the time of going to press.