The handling of West Hants' “feral” horses file has been handed over to the Office of the Ombudsman for review.
Interim CAO Cathy Osborne updated council on the matter earlier this month. She said she conducted an internal review of the subject and identified a number of unanswered questions. In her written report presented at the regular council meeting Sept. 9, she outlined four such questions. They were: which governing body should have responded to the issue and in what manner; under what circumstances was a permit issued from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR); is there sufficient legislative authority to prompt an appropriate response; and did one agency or agent exceed its authority.
The request to have the file reviewed comes after much public scrutiny.
Late in December 2013, it was first reported that Ralph Morash's herd of untamed horses, which are frequently referred to as wild or feral, would be culled if the herd was not relocated immediately. There were fears that the herd, which roamed the Fundy Gypsum lands in Sweets Corner freely for decades, would trample someone or cause a serious car accident.
Public outcry over the suggestion that the horses be euthanized was swift. A community group was formed to help see the animals moved to safety. By early spring, all but two horses were relocated. The remaining mares were in foal.
News was brought to light that one of the horses in the herd had been shot and killed in 2013 before…
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