Fury as council has stray horses shot dead in park in front of horrified witnesses
- Police called to park in Hertfordshire following reports of loose horses
- The two horses were both shot in the head in Leavesden Country Park
PUBLISHED: 02:03, 23 March 2014 | UPDATED: 09:50, 23 March 2014
Horrified witnesses who watched as a council worker shot dead two unsupervised horses in a park have condemned the killings as ‘wicked’.
And the owners of a nearby stables have also hit out at the ‘unnecessary’ deaths.
Police were called to Leavesden Country Park in Hertfordshire following reports of loose horses.
Upsetting scene: Police were called to Leavesden Country Park in Hertfordshire following reports of loose horses, and both were shot dead
A local farmer said: ‘I saw it all. The police and council didn’t know what they were doing.
‘They spent two hours chasing the horses about which just made them more agitated.
‘Had they just left them to calm down they would have been fine eventually.
‘Instead they brought this man in who was following the horses around on a quad bike. He shot both animals in the head. It was wicked. He killed one on the football pitch and the other in the old cemetery.’
Mother-of-three Sally Weston, 44, who lives nearby, said she saw the horses while walking her two dogs. ‘I’m so shocked that the council ended up shooting them – there was absolutely no need,’ she added.