Horses to be removed from Mardyke Valley with immediate effect

SENIOR managers from Thurrock Council today met with the tenant of the Mardyke Valley regarding the welfare of the horses currently residing there.

With immediate effect, it has been agreed that the floodplain area will not be grazed on during the winter months between November and March.

The horses that are currently grazing there will be removed and relocated as soon as a suitable alternative location has been found. Current weather reports indicate that there is no immediate further risk of flooding.

Checks have been carried out on each horse currently grazing on the Mardyke valley and each of them has an appropriate passport.

The RSPCA have confirmed that there are no immediate significant welfare issues for the horses and have given welfare advice to the owners where appropriate.

Cllr Angie Gaywood, Thurrock Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Protection said: “ The council and RSPCA are working together to make sure there are no animal welfare issues and I am pleased that the owner is working with us to ensure the situation is resolved as quickly as possible”.

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