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Police warning on animal welfare

Police in Armagh are reminding animal owners of their responsibilities in ensuring their animals are well cared for looked after under animal welfare legislation.

Under current legislation, it is an offence to allow an animal to remain on a road (road being from hedge to hedge or fence to fence) which includes grass verges. The tethering or grazing of an animal on a grass verge adjacent to a public highway is allowing an animal on a road and also causes undue stress to the welfare of the animal with noise and disruption from passing vehicles.

If an animal is found tethered by the side of the road the owner or person with responsibility for the animal must contact the PSNI immediately on 075 8597 8974 or 078 2501 3570. Failure to notify police within a 24 hour period may result in the animal being removed at the owner’s expense. If the animal is not claimed within 14 days it may be rehomed.

Anyone with queries or who would like further advice should contact police in Armagh on 0845 600 8000.

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