PHOTOS | Horses auctioned off if owner isn't found
GLADSTONE pound has plenty of cats and dogs behind bars but just recently it picked up two strange guests.
Within a week of each other the pound found one black miniature horse and one male chestnut horse.
GLADSTONE POUND: Animals meet the end of the road
The miniature horse was found on Murphy Rd at Captain Creek and the chestnut horse was found on East End Rd at Machine Creek.
"While it is not a regular occurrence, horses have been impounded by Gladstone Regional Council in the past," a council spokesperson said.
For cats and dogs the council holds unregistered animals for three days and registered animals for five days before they are "disposed of by council".
But do not worry, unlike the unlucky felines and pooches, the horse's fate are not sealed and they will not be given death sentences.
Rather than be put to the sword, council can offer the animal for sale by public auction or by tender if the council can not readily find an owner.
However, "if an owner can prove ownership, they will [be] required to pay an impoundment release fee and animal sustenance fee for each day the animal has been impounded for," the spokesperson stated.
"If an owner cannot prove ownership, they will need to place a bid at the public auction or tender.
"The horses will not be put down," the spokesperson said.
Both horses are cooling their hoofs at the pound on Racecourse Rd at Calliope and appear to be content munching away on some nice green grass.
Sadly, though, there remain 10 dogs and eight cats that are up for adoption.