A cute horse left on a patch of land will be put down today (Tues) – if the owner fails to come forward.
The horse has been grazing in a town centre for five days now and a notice warning has been placed on the site.
It says the animal – nicknamed Caprice by passersby – will be “disposed of” by re-homing, auction or being “humanely destroyed” on May 22.
The land in Warminster Road, Frome, Somerset., belongs to Asda and the notice was place on its behalf by Bryan Lecoche Ltd enforcement agents.
The owner of the horse is not known, but it may have been left there in a practice known as ‘fly grazing’.
A witness, who asked to remain anonymous, said: “We walked past the area the other day and noticed the horse.
“She came over to us and I wanted to give it a treat so went down to Asda and bought something for the horse.
“I came past again today and noticed the sign.
“I’ve tried to reach out to the number on the sign to ask their intentions.
“I believe they should extend the time of the deadline to allow for the owners to remove the animal.
“That being said, if they can’t find the owner or the owner doesn’t come forward then I feel they should seek a suitable home and not put the horse down.
“It’s unfair that a defenceless animal is put to sleep where it may find a healthy loving home.
“She seems to be a very lovely horse and being a huge supermarket they have the power and resources to help this animal.
“It is not doing any harm on that land. I would hate to see that happening, the amount of people walking past and turning a blind eye is appalling.”
An Asda spokesperson said: “The sign asking the owners to remove the horse from the nature reserve next to store is a standard legal notice, which we are required to display.”