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Penticton Indian Band say fence to contain free-roaming horses cut


The Penticton Indian Band has confirmed that fences to keep in free-roaming horses are being deliberately cut.

Certain sections of the fence along the former Game Farm lands are being deliberately cut, according to a Penticton Indian Band media release issued today, Jan. 31.

"The first report of the fence being cut was received over a week ago and was thought to be a situation where a small horse may have become entangled in the fence," reads the release. "Since then we have received four separate reports of the fence being cut at different locations on the fence line of the former game farm (Penticton Indian Band) lands, which confirms these acts are deliberate."

The free-roaming horses have been a contentious topic for years with complaints that they damage properties and pose a safety risk to drivers.

READ MORE: Penticton Indian Band drafting bylaw to deal with problematic free roaming horses

The issue has now been turned over to the Penticton Indian Band First Nations RCMP.

"These irresponsible and senseless acts once again puts the public safety at risk as well as the horses themselves," the release says. "Anyone caught on these Penticton Indian Band lands deliberately carrying out these irresponsible acts will be charged accordingly."

Anyone with information about the fences being cut is asked to call the Penticton Indian Band chief administrative officer at 250-493-0048.

READ MORE: Wandering wild horses causing concerns for drivers in South Okanagan

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