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Injured stray horse had to be put down
ANOTHER stray horse has been killed in a road accident in York, as City of York Council works up delayed proposals to tackle the problem of tethered horses.
North Yorkshire Police said a foal was struck and injured by a vehicle near a roundabout at Monks Cross on Sunday evening and had to be put down humanely by a vet.
The incident is the fourth known collision so far this year involving vehicles and horses which have been tethered on verges or nearby land and then escaped and strayed into the road.
The drivers of two vans which hit horses on the A166 between York and Stamford Bridge and on a lane near Holtby both said they could have been killed had they been driving cars.
The Press reported in August that City of York Council was proposing to bid for cash from the Government’s £12 million Traveller Pitch Fund to help pay for an expansion of York travellers’ sites, which would also lead to action to tackle the horse problem.
The authority said then it would be bidding for the next round of funding in September, with the first round of allocation decisions due to be made in October.
Steve Waddington, assistant director for housing and community safety, said yesterday: “It is always distressing to hear of an incident between a horse and car and we are sorry to hear of another.
“It should be remembered that the issue of tethered horses is one that affects many local authorities and we are developing a policy which builds on lessons learned from other councils and tailoring our approach to this city’s needs.”
He said the policy would be presented to members this year and said he hoped the Government money bid for could provide some grazing land.
Independent councillor Mark Warters said the latest incident deepened his concerns about the time it was taking to resolve the issue.
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