Anger over horses found in creek after flooding

FACING CRITICISM: Burpengary Riding for the Disabled president Jane Sayer says floodwaters hit so quickly it was difficult to move horses to safe ground.
FACING CRITICISM: Burpengary Riding for the Disabled president Jane Sayer says floodwaters hit so quickly it was difficult to move horses to safe ground. Vicki Wood

A BURPENGARY resident is refusing to send back two horses to Cartmill Riding for the Disabled, Burpengary after he found them floating down Burpengary Creek.

The school once again went under water on Friday with two horses going missing before the volunteers could get them to safety.

The resident said he had registered a complaint with RSPCA after getting the horses checked out by a vet, confirming they belonged to RDA.

"They don't seem to get the message," he said.

"Something is not quite right, from our perspective this is simply unacceptable.

"It's been going on for way to long although I have no doubt what good work they do."

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He said there needed to be more accountability from the school.

"It's pretty disgusting - is there any more that we don't know of?" he said.

"At the end of the day, who is going to advocate for the horses? There doesn't seem to be any accountability there.

"If this was a private owner this would be World War Three and so it should be as you have a responsibility to your animal."

Moreton Bay Regional Council division 12 councillor Adrian Raedel said the school followed procedure.

After the floods earlier this year the council helped RDA with a new disaster management plan.

Centre president and coach Jane Sayer said the flooding was just too fast for them to do anything other than bring the horses up on the road.

"Everything was flooded in so we couldn't move horses, QSEC was flooded so we couldn't get there, so we had them on the road," she said.

"And that was the worst part, the water was so strong, it flattened the railway fence and three horses were swept away, one was on (found) top of the railway bridge and there are two we can't find."

She said they did the best they could under the circumstances.

"It's as good as it can be but at the same time it is a disaster," she said.

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