Roaming horses “risking lives” says Coalisland councillor

A warning has been issued about safety after a road accident involving a pony and trap in Coalisland
A warning has been issued about safety after a road accident involving a pony and trap in Coalisland

A Coalisland councillor has warned that lives are being put at risk by horses roaming in the Derryvale Road area.

Linda Dillon also revealed how a horse-and-trap had collided with a car on the road recently, leaving the animal badly injured.

“This has been an ongoing problem over a long period and I fear that if something is not done someone will be killed”, Cllr Dillon warned.

“The driver of the car in this incident was very badly shaken and his car was badly damaged; given the nature of the accident he was very lucky, the next person may not be so lucky.”

Local PSNI Inspector Keith Jamieson said: “Police would appeal to animal owners to ensure their horses, or indeed livestock or pets, are properly housed in secured and adequately fenced stables, barns and fields. If they wander onto public roads they pose a danger to themselves and road users. Not only do the animals risk being harmed but they also pose a real danger to road users should a motorist have to take evasive action to avoid collision. We do not want to see an incident which results in serious injury, or worse a fatality. Those who persist in letting their animals stray will face prosecution. If an animal is, at any time, found wandering or lying on or at the side of a road, the owner could be found guilty of an offence and could be liable to pay a fine.”