Take care around wandering animals


Eddie made himself useful during a recent stint at the pound, helping the rangers to hone their horse-handling skills.
Eddie made himself useful during a recent stint at the pound, helping the rangers to hone their horse-handling skills.

Chief executive Ian Cowie said the City was not aware of any serious accidents caused by a wandering horse, but they posed a clear hazard.

“Large animals pose a potential hazard to people and property and therefore rangers treat every report of a large animal wandering in the City with urgency,” he said.

Last December, a horse was impounded after being found at the Maddington train station.

The horse, named Eddie, made himself useful while at the pound, helping the rangers to develop their horse-handling skills.

Gosnells Mayor Olwen Searle said it was important rangers had the skills to deal with wandering animals.

“As part of their career training, rangers undergo formal stock- and horse-handling, but given the recent rise in horse ‘breakouts’, the opportunity to work with Eddie was timely.”

Mr Cowie said people should exercise caution if they see a large animal roaming around the City.

“If the animal is causing a life-threatening situation, the police should be called in the first instance,” he said.

“If the animal does not pose an immediate threat, call the City’s rangers on 9397 3000.

“If an animal wanders into your property from the street and you have the ability to safely contain it, then do so and notify the rangers.”