Horse owner unrepentant after fatal smash

Last updated 15:09 11/04/2014
Richard Hayden's horse Beautifoal

FAMILIAR CITY SIGHT: The SPCA cannot remove Hayden's remaining horse, Beautifoal (pictured), because she is healthy.

Vaughn Bennet
Dean Kozanic/Fairfax NZ
WRITE-OFF: Vaughn Bennet inspects the damage to his car after hitting a horse that was running loose on Brougham St.

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The owner of a horse that died after being hit by a car on Monday night appears unrepentant about the accident.

The horse, Archie, bolted in front of a car on Brougham St. He was later put down by police.

His owner, Richard Hayden, told 3 News that "cars get written off every day".

"It's only a car, he should walk."

The SPCA cannot remove Hayden's remaining horse, Beautifoal, because she is healthy.

Though the Christchurch City Council had impounded Hayden's horses in the past, there was no bylaw preventing people from having horses within the city boundaries.

CCC unit manager inspections and enforcement Anne Columbus said the horses were returned when a secure environment had been provided.

The driver of the car, Vaughn Bennet, said he was frustrated by the incident - which has left him about $5000 out of pocket on the damaged car.

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