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Horse owners try to track down animals

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HORSE owners who have sent their animals to a French retirement home are desperately trying to locate and bring them back to Guernsey.

States vet David Chamberlain. (Picture by Steve Sarre, 19908068)

It is understood that more than 10 local horses have been sent to the livery yard for their retirement and final years.

But since allegations of a horse being sold without the Guernsey owner’s knowledge emerged on Facebook, owners are now making emergency arrangements to get their animals back and are appealing for equipment such as headcollars and rugs to help in the process.

Both the police and States vet David Chamberlain have been made aware of the situation and the owners’ intentions.

Mr Chamberlain said he had been in contact with local horse owners affected and with veterinary contacts in France.

‘It is understood to be in the region of 10 horses that are affected and may be considered for return by their local owners,’ he said.

The allegations arose after a local owner sent her horse to the home and had been paying money towards its keep until recently, when she was told it had died.

It is alleged that the horse had actually been sold in the summer last year to another party and the original owner found out when the new owner appealed on Facebook asking for the horse’s history in Guernsey.

Full story in today's Guernsey Press

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