Council to adopt new by-laws to deal with abandoned horses in the County

Donegal County Council is to adopt new by-laws to allow it deal with abandoned horses, but more discussions will take place before a final draft is agreed.

Outgoing county vet Frank Mc Rory told members last evening that the economic situation has led to a serious increase in the number of horses being abandoned in the county, but at present, the council has no power to dispose of abandoned horses.

Charlie Healy will take over as Chief Veterinary Officer in Donegal when Frank Mc Rory retires in December.

He says the council's decision to refer the by-laws back to the strategic policy committee is an indication of the seriousness with which the authority is taking the issue:

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