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Driver’s stray horse drama
A WOMAN has told how she almost hit a stray horse in York and then followed it before eventually capturing and safely tethering it.
Marie Penver, of Huntington , said she feared there would be a serious accident if she left the animal on the loose, and had to act.
The incident happened on Monday evening in the Monks Cross area, just hours before a van struck another stray horse on a lane near Holtby. The Press reported on Wednesday how the van driver managed to swerve at the last second and feared he might otherwise have been killed.
City of York Council is working on a scheme to tackle the problem of horses tethered on highway verges, but delays have led a councillor to accuse it of risking motorists’ lives.
Mrs Penver, an animal lover, said she had left work at Monks Cross at about 6.15pm and was driving when she suddenly became aware of the horse alongside her. “I could easily have clipped it,” she said.
“It had a great long metal chain behind it,” she said.
She said she followed it in the car but it became ‘spooked,’ and she eventually parked up and followed it on foot. She lost sight of it but then discovered it on land near a tile and bathroom store.
She approached very cautiously and managed to grab the chain, and tethered the horse to a pole. “It was hungry and thirsty so I fed it some grapes,” she said.
She said she rang home and her daughter called the police, who said they would come out as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, one other passerby stopped to help her.
Police still hadn’t turned up about an hour later when a man turned up and took the horse away. “He said the chain’s peg had broken,” she said.
Mrs Penver’s husband, Kerry, said: “Thank God she cared for the horse, otherwise there would have a serious accident.”
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