Posted on 21st October 2015
Police are appealing for the owners of more than 20 horses found on land in Alfreton to come forward.
22 horses were discovered on land off Park Mill Drive to West Houses, between Alfreton and South Normanton on Monday, October 19.
The Control of Horses Act 2015 clamps down on people illegally abandoning horses, a practice known as ‘fly-grazing,’ in a bid to improve horse welfare and standards.
Horses that are fly-grazing can be disposed of after only four days under the act, which came into force earlier this year.
Police are appealing to local horse owners to check their stock before the cut-off date for the horses to be disposed of on Friday, October 23.
Community Safety Inspector Erika Green said: “Although this is not directly a policing issue, we are working closely with the land owner and the county’s Horsewatch co-ordinator Leslie Manger to try to locate the owners of the horses.
“Some of the animals are microchipped but they are not registered so I am urging local horse owners to ensure they are not missing any animals.
“Anyone who has information or would like any more details, please get in touch with local police on 101, quoting incident 263 of October, 19.”
To find out more about the countywide Horsewatch initiative visit: http://www.derbyshire.police.uk/Safety-advice/Horse-Watch/Horse-Watch.aspx