ILLEGALY-tethered horses are on the hoof again after being moved from a second unlawful site in South Tyneside.
Several horses and a pony were left for weeks on a plot of council land in Stanhope Road, Low Simonside Estate, Jarrow.
Ward councillors and residents, who raised the alarm earlier this week, were horrified after spotting one horse with its leg and mane entangled in barbed wire.
The council served the owner with a notice to move the animals, which were then taken to the neighbouring Scotch Estate in Jarrow – but once again on local authority land.
They have since been moved on for a second time, and officers from the RSPCA have been out to inspect them.
An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “We have been to check on three of the horses.
“They are in good condition, have had their feet picked out and washed off, and are appropriately tethered.
“An inspector is going to check on the other three, at a separate location, to ensure they are OK.”
A council spokesman said: “We have visited the area and the horses are no longer on either of the two council-owned sites where they had been kept illegally.
“We would like to remind horse owners that tethering horses on council land is not permitted, as it could pose a risk to the public and impact on the horses’ welfare, as well as causing damage to the ground.
“We will seek to take whatever action is necessary against irresponsible horse owners.”