Unauthorised Horses on Land

/ Fly Grazing

At Collect My Debt, we can come to your assistance if you require help with unauthorised horse removal and fly grazing.

The Control of Horses Act 2015 is an amendment to the Animals Act 1971 and enables local authorities to deal with horses that are “present unlawfully in public places” and allows freeholders and occupiers to deal with horses that are “present unlawfully on their land”. The Act gives landowners additional rights and is aimed at helping landowners and enforcement authorities to work together to deal with the straying, abandonment and fly-grazing of horses. In 2014, a similar piece of legislation was introduced in Wales. 

“The Act is about horses which are unlawfully present on land, whether they have strayed there or been placed there deliberately. It amends the Animals Act 1971 (“the1971 Act”) so as to enable local authorities to deal with horses which are present unlawfully in public places, and also to enable freeholders and occupiers to deal with horses which are present unlawfully on their land.”

Control of Horses Act 2015

What is fly grazing?

Fly grazing occurs when animals, normally horses, are left on private land without permission.
We have a quarter of a century’s worth of experience when it comes to removing unauthorised horses from private land and are able to provide a number of services to deliver the outcome that you require. This includes providing all legal notices and warnings, a secure equine hand-over service, planning and risk assessments before removal occurs, a comprehensive impoundment service, veterinary assessments, ethical re-homing and disposal and police involvement. Fly grazing commonly affects farmers and others with sizeable amounts of land.

Equine Removal Services

CMD Enforcement are a leader in the removal of unauthorised horses on private land. We have over 24 years experience in equine removal and associated issues.
Our specialist agents can provide the following services to ensure the land is cleared:

  • All legal notices and warnings
  • Secure equine hand-over service
  • Planning and risk assessment of the operation to impound, including police liaison and support
  • Full impoundment service
  • Secure equine after-care site and veterinary assessment, with 24 hour emergency care
  • Ethical re-homing or disposal

Police Involvement

The police are informed when CMD Enforcement feel it is necessary that might be when serving the notice of eviction or when a physical eviction is taking place. The Department for communities and Local Government (February 2004) advises police presence be called upon to prevent a breach of the peace. The police will also assess the situation and if their findings are that the eviction is not appropriate, then it should always be delayed until an agreed time. If a landlord chooses to ignore the police advice, he/she may find that the eviction could result in an injury, assault or damage to a person or property.

How can I avoid this happening again in the future?

• Plough unused fields so that no grazing is available, making your land less attractive to potential fly-grazers

• Remove water troughs
• Put locks on all gates and entrances to fields
• Block entrances to fields with large rocks, banks of earth or deep ditches
• Keep up to date records to prove your ownership of the land

**(Whilst you feel you may not need to take this action, once the horses are on your land you become responsible for them and any consequences that may occur as a result of the horses being there, such as; Road traffic accident, injuries to the horses or persons.)**

Contact CMD Enforcement today for advice on your exact requirements along with any problems you are currently faced with.

Why Choose Collect My Debt?

At Collect My Debt, we have several decades of experience to draw upon and have held a Bailiff Certificate / Enforcement Agent Certificate since our inception. 

Why not contact us today to find out more about our horse removal and fly grazing services?

Call 0800 612 5161 or e-mail info@collectmydebt.co.uk

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