Stray Horses can be seized by Westmeath County Council.
Reasons for seizure are as follows:
A horse includes donkey, mule and hinny.
Horses that have been seized are detained at the Council's horse pound in Mullingar. A detailed description of the horse is taken and it is scanned for a microchip. This is for identification purposes. The owner (if known) will be notified. Otherwise, a notice is displayed in a public place (usually a Garda Station) detailing the horse(s) seized and stating that if not claimed within 5 days the horses will be disposed of as the council sees fit.
Owners are required to produce a horse passport for each horse impounded including a letter from the landowner. A release fee for each horse must be paid click, Charges (Horse & Dog Pound) (435kB)