Clonmel councillor calls for action on control of horses by-laws

Following a period on public display, draft bye-laws regarding the implementation of the Control of Horses Act in South Tipperary were discussed at a meeting of the Strategic Policy Committee for Environment & Water Services.

Following a period on public display, draft bye-laws regarding the implementation of the Control of Horses Act in South Tipperary were discussed at a meeting of the Strategic Policy Committee for Environment & Water Services.

At the meeting, Cllr Joe Leahy – a long-time and persistent campaigner for the implementation of the Control of Horses Act in South Tipperary - proposed that the draft bye-laws be forwarded to South Tipperary County Council for formal and final ratification at their October monthly meeting. His proposal was seconded by Cllr Joe Brennan and was fully endorsed by the entire committee present.

Cllr Leahy said he was pleased that South Tipperary is “an important step closer” to implementing the Control of Horses Act, which he hopes will go some way towards alleviating cruelty to horses.

“Over the past few years, the incidence of abandoned animals has dramatically increased. Cruelty to horses is an ongoing scourge and an issue that must be taken seriously and dealt with. The proposed bye-laws will make it mandatory that every horse is micro-chipped and licensed” he added.

The draft bye-laws, once ratified by South Tipperary County Council will be passed into law.

Cllr Leahy advises that if you are unable to continue looking after your animal, Duggan’s Animal Collection Service can be contacted on 052 7441484 or 086 2522025. In addition, if any member of the public is aware of an abandoned horse or a horse in distress, they should contact Mark Hickey at the Tipperary Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on 086 0609288.