We own a field several miles from our home. Having got forestry permission we have planted 250 native ash trees on the land. We have just discovered that someone has dumped a horse onto the field by breaking open the gate (i.e. it hasn't strayed - it has been placed there). What can we do - we have no idea who owns it. Ash are poisonous to stock -we don't want any animal to die on our land plus it will be really sickening to have planted all those trees to see them destroyed
Asked a local farmer if he knows whose horse it is but he didn't know or wasn't saying
1. What you do in this situation is to take the animal to the local pound where the owner can pay to have it back. Essentially, it will prevent the horse straying again and will ensure that owner has to pay to get it back. Additionally, you should make a complaint about the trespassing of the horse on your land to the Gardai. It will mean a prosecution for the owner and also that the owner will have to sign a "No Trespass" undertaking to get the animal back from the pound. The Gardai frequently bring prosecutions as this type of trespass of which you are complaining frequently happens on forestry land, much of which is owned by State bodies. Prosecutions are brought wherever the owner wishes one to be brought. However, the first step is to take the animal to the pound.
Barrister 17 years experience
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