- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Officials in eastern Kentucky are trying to determine the best way to deal with a pack of wild horses that is causing property damage and traffic hazards.

The Appalachian News-Express (https://bit.ly/1e15bay) reports the Pike County Fiscal Court discussed the problem during a meeting this week.

Pike County Deputy Judge-Executive John Doug Hays says officials have tried tranquilizing the animals to capture them but have been unsuccessful so far.

“I want the people over there who are being bothered and damaged by these horses and subjected to unsafe conditions by these horses being on the highways to know that we’ve tried everything in the world,” Hays said.

Pike County Solid Waste Commissioner Bobby Mullins suggested working with property owners to try to corral the horses in a fenced area.

Mullins said the animals seem to be in search of food and he warned that the animals could be dangerous.

“Another thing the court needs to realize is these horses are not like normal horses,” Mullins said. “Some of them, no one has ever had a halter on them and they’ve all been shot at, (had) rocks thrown at them and they’re wild.”

Hays said the horses would be caught somehow and cautioned people about purposely letting animals roam free.

“These horses are owned by someone,” he said. “I realize that times are tough, people has let animals go, they’re roaming loose, they can’t afford to feed them; but I believe that many of these horses would be claimed by someone if we could get ahold of them. We are going to get ahold of them, and the owner, then, when they attempt to claim, they are going to pay Pike County and this court for the cost that we’ve incurred in having to go over there and to capture these animals.”


Information from: Appalachian News-Express, https://www.news-expressky.com

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