Law change call after Surrey Police disposes of horse

Fonz the horse Fonz was killed on the A331 after he escaped from his field

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A woman whose dead horse was disposed of without her knowing is calling for a change in the law.

Jemma Wellington's horse, Fonz, died after being hit on the A331 in Tongham, Surrey, and was taken to an incinerator.

Miss Wellington says it should be a legal requirement for horses to be scanned for microchips when found.

Surrey Police, which found the horse on 5 February, said using a scanner "would not have been of benefit".

Miss Wellington had spent two days looking for Fonz after he escaped from his field, and had reported him missing.

But she only discovered he had been destroyed when her vet phoned nearby slaughterhouses.

'Tragic incident'

Miss Wellington has launched a petition, which so far has 7,500 names, calling for it be a legal requirement for horses to be scanned for microchips and owners contacted as soon as possible.

"What I would like is for everyone to work together and get a national database," she said.

"What I want is for the police to have a scanner available so if they do ever find a horse, or if it is found deceased, I want at least some attempt made to find the owner."

In a statement, Surrey Police, said: "A microchip scanner is available to patrol team officers but it was decided that due to the nature of the horse's injuries, the use of this equipment would not have been of benefit at this time.

"This was a tragic incident for all involved and our thoughts are with the horse's owner."

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