‘Drought to blame’ for starving horses
HORSES found on a property west of Warwick involved in a Biosecurity Queensland investigation have been removed.
The Daily News spoke to the property owner late yesterday, who stated he did not wish to comment on the specifics until he spoke to biosecurity officials.
However, the owner stressed the drought meant farmers across the region were doing it tough, raising the ability to feed the animals as a concern.
Neighbours told the Daily News they spotted the owner leaving with horses about 9am yesterday.
Up to five horses were apparently in the back of the gooseneck trailer heading west to Inglewood.
It is believed the horses travelled across the NSW border, travelling seven hours in total.
Biosecurity Queensland has confirmed they did not move the horses during the day but unknown officials were surveying the now empty block yesterday.
A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson said they could not provide statements until the investigation was complete.
State officials are looking into the matter further, with a spokesperson from local member Lawrence Springborg's office offering a statement.
"Mr Springborg is extremely concerned by the incident and will be contacting his ministerial colleague John McVeigh for any information that is obtained from the department of agriculture on the matter," they said.