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Wednesday, 15 September 2010


That’s the number of bullets it took to kill a horse.

ANGRY villagers have claimed it took 19 shots by a police marksman to kill a stray horse at Dunnington, near York.

FFS. Were the Police wearing blinkers or something?

Pam Frankland claimed the scene as police chased one of the horses was like “cowboys and Indians”, and she was disgusted because 19 shots had to be fired before the animal died.

And as another resident points out.

“They may as well have machine gunned the animal. There is real cruelty and incompetence there.”

And the usual weasel words justifying their barbarity from the Force Spokesman.

He said every effort was made to avoid having to shoot the horses, but said: “Ultimately public safety has to be the over-riding concern of the police. We simply could not risk the very real possibility of the horses causing a serious or even fatal road traffic collision.”

Of course the real story about the sorry tale comes from Commenter kmt1977 at 10:02pm

On the first day that these horses were loose the landowner and various people from the estate including myself contacted the police to inform them of the loose horses, they did not want to know, we contacted the RSPCA who again were not interested and said it was no responisibilty of theirs! (Ed. Not my spelling)

The RSPCA again seen at it’s worst.

And as for the Police….

to the police it was like fun target practice stood on top of their 4x4's like dukes of hazzard, one marksman shot the horses in its rear leg off above the hock, shattering the leg into pieces, the horses leg was hanging off, the horse got up in sheer distress, this horse must have been in absolute agony, then another markman shot its other front leg clean off, the horse still struggling about, then got shot another 19 times, the last shot in the horses head, some 25 mins after its back leg was shot to pieces.

And we let them out in public with guns at our airports, and other public venues?

Whole story HERE

H/T to JuliaM at Ambush Predator for this one


  1. Having worked with animals on farm and in Zoos, chasing things achieves little. Trust and reward are the best tools. The first steps should have been to secure the perimeter of their environment. Calm down and sit back. What happenned sounds like crass stupidity by Gung-ho idiots. The statement that "Public safety has to be the over-riding concern of the Police" is ironic knowing their tactics against demonstrators or driving without a seat belt. The Police have shown crass bully boy incompetence in this issue, as they have elsewhere. Someone was responsible for releasing the animals. Is that person being chased? It is stated by an eye witness that 25 minutes passed between the first shot and death of one horse. Not a lot of time for any correct procedure to be gathered and implemented. The RSPCA come in for lots of flack, and quite often rightly so. But it should also be remembered that they exist to catch those perpetrators of CRUELTY to animals. Horses loose in a field does not qualify - though the treatment they received from the Police certainly seems to. Their distribution of inspectors is far thinner than the Police. Can you imagine the RSPCA taking the Police to court - what do you think would happen there? (That Stone Age custody Sergeant is out on bail!) We have thugs in uniform - with guns, and they know how to pull a trigger. Do you trust them?

  2. Coming up next week, officers attempt to hit a cow's arse with a banjo.

  3. Did no one think to call up a local Stockman or Farmer to help? Anyone with adequate livestock handling skills can round up a stray. Even a complete idiot can do it with a fistful of 'pony nuts' in a bucket. Even a handful of grass will do. Or perhaps 'elf & safetee' policy wouldn't let them.


  4. I too was brought up with animals. The only animals we had the slightest diffculty catching, were pigs. If you stand still, most horses will actually walk up to you. They are naturally inquisitive.

  5. And I hope they haven't got a rogue barn door to contend with.

  6. What were they trying to kill it with FFS, a potato gun? They would be no opposition in a real fire-fight.

  7. Despite the opinion of Inspector Gadget, my experience of "armed police" is that I would not trust them with a "Super Soaker" much less real firearms. I regret to say that I have seen children handle cap guns with more skill that this shower.


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