Police in Suffolk now have a new device to help them identify loose or stray animals.
Eleven multi-chip scanners have been located at stations across the county, including Newmarket and Mildenhall, and will used to identifying horses which are found fly grazing, abandoned animals, or those which have been involved in road traffic collisions.
PC Mark Bryant, Rural Crime Officer, said: “We are often dealing with cases involving loose animals, in particular horses illegally grazing on private land, where identifying who they belong to can be a time consuming process.
“These new scanners should greatly reduce the time officers have to spend resolving these matters, whilst enabling us to locate owners and reunite them with their animals.”
Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner for Suffolk said, “I am very pleased to see this investment in equipment which will particularly assist the rural policing teams to deal more efficiently with stray animals.”