Residents rally around homeless horse
A HORSE bought at an auction about five weeks ago remains uncollected at the Bargara pound where local residents say it is in "bad condition".
Bargara resident Lorraine Lawler said she was one of many locals who had taken it upon themselves to feed the horse on a regular basis.
"It is in really bad condition," she said.
"It isn't council's fault, but the horse needs to be taken home and looked after.
"She needs a special diet."
Bundaberg councillor Greg Barnes said he visited the horse yesterday and described its condition as "poor, but better then when it was found".
"A couple of weeks ago when the community concern came up, I went to council and asked for a vet to go out there," he said.
"It has been inspected and her right-hind hoof has been split and she will not be able to be ridden again."
Cr Barnes said the horse was found wandering around Goodnight Scrub about five or six weeks ago.
"So council took possession of it and transported it to Bargara stockyard and there was another horse impounded with it," he said
"The owner of the other horse was found and she subsequently bought the mare as well.
Cr Barnes said at the time of purchase, the owner had sought permission to leave the mare at the yard for a few days.
"We have been trying to contact the owner and have not been able to reach her," he said.
Cr Barnes said the council could not act on calls from the community to put the horse up for re-auction.
"We can't do that because it is not our property and is no longer an impounded animal," he said.
"In the meantime council is feeding the horse and local community members are supplementing that."
Cr Barnes said the council had been in contact with a transporter to move the horse to the woman's property.
"But they can't do that yet because they can't contact her," he said.
"We can't blame the owner because we don't know what her circumstances are."