Pass Unclaimed Horses to the ILPH
on behalf of HM Customs and Excise and ILPH
1st September 2003, HM Customs and Excise at Dover discovered approximately
20 kilograms of cocaine in the floor of a horsebox, which was examined
at Dover Eastern Docks. Inside the horsebox were two horses, which
were also detained. Since 1st September 2003, no one has come forward
to claim the horses, which have been cared for at a livery stables
at St. Margaret's, near Dover.
spokesman Nigel Knott says, "Reducing the availability of Class
A drugs in the UK is a primary responsibility for HM Customs and
Excise. The seizure of approximately 20 kilos of cocaine prevents
around 100,000 deals reaching the streets. The horses had to be
be detained as they were in the lorry, but they need more care and
attention than we are able to provide for them, but which they will
receive from the International League for the Protection of Horses
(ILPH), for the rest of their lives."
Tyler, ILPH Director of UK Operations says, "This is an important
milestone for the ILPH and HM Customs and Excise and is an excellent
example of inter agency cooperation. As the horses' future was uncertain,
I am pleased that we have the space to be able to take them in and
care for them."
35 year old man from Cheshire has been charged with the importation