Limerick city council ‘monitoring’ illegal horse movements

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

LIMERICk City Council is warning horse owners it is continuing to monitor the ongoing movement of illegal horses into certain parts of the city.

LIMERICk City Council is warning horse owners it is continuing to monitor the ongoing movement of illegal horses into certain parts of the city.

The warning comes following the latest seizure of illegal horses during an operation earlier this week.

Three animals were seized on Monday night when officials from the local authority, assisted by gardai, swooped on an area of open ground at Barry’s Field in Southill.

The horses were taken to a pound in Cork where they will be destroyed in the coming week unless their owners claim them and pay a release fee, which is in excess of €1,000.

Under existing byelaws, it is illegal to keep a horse within the city without a licence.

According to Limerick City Council, no licences have ever been issued since the bylaws were enacted a decade ago.

More than 200 horses were seized within the city boundary last year and that number is expected to be surpassed by the end of this year.

According to figures published in August, Limerick City Council spent more than €550,000 rounding up illegal horses between January 2011 and July 2012.

There have been a number of significant seizures over the past 12 months including 35 in Moyross during one seizure in Moyross last November.

While the number of horses being kept in the city has fallen compared to last year, a spokesperson for Limerick City Council says there are some problem areas.

“We are closely monitoring the movement of horses and there a number of areas in particular which are of concern,” said the spokesperson.

Anyone caught in possession of a horse in Limerick city faces the possibility of being prosecuted before the district court for breaches of Limerick City Council’s by laws.