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Concern over animals 'running freely' in Belfast after horse put down following collision with car

By Victoria O'Hara

Published 22/04/2013

Concerns about animals "running freely" around north Belfast have been raised after a horse had to be put down following a collision with a car.

The horse had to be put to sleep by a vet after it sustained serious injuries following the incident on the Ligoniel Road this morning.

Local councillors have said residents have been worried about horses not being secured properly and wandering onto roads and property in the area for a “number of years”.

The PSNI said they are trying to determine the identity of the horse’s owner.

“There are inquiries ongoing to determine the owner of the horse with a view if they were found they could be prosecuted,” the PSNI spokesman said.

If located the owner could be prosecuted for the offence of allowing animals to wander.

SDLP councillor for the area Nichola Mallon said there has been problems in the last number of years with horses and donkeys not being secured properly.

“We have been warning for some time that there was a danger that this could happen because the horses roam freely and some of them are not in the best condition health wise,” she said.

“This has been a grave concern of ours and to local residents.”

Ms Mallon said the issue needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

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