In the celebrated ‘horse in home’ case, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is awaiting news of a possible appeal following judgment by Sheriff David Sutherland in the case of Macleod –v– Noble.

The judgement was issued on Tuesday 27 March 2018 and the Council says that it upholds its actions in protecting the welfare of the animal concerned.

A CnES spokesperson said: “From the outset, the Comhairle’s concern in this matter has been the welfare of the animal and we welcome the court’s decision which validates the Comhairle’s position and actions.

“We will take time to consider the details of the judgement carefully and await passage of the period for any appeal to be lodged.

“Grey Lady Too was removed by the Comhairle in 2014 because of unsuitable stabling arrangements,” the Council statement said.

In a case which has been widely reported nationally, the court battle started after the horse that lived in a house’s living room in the Back district was seen by inspectors who said its stabling was cruel.

Owner Stephanie Noble claimed she had no option but to move the animal into her home after she fell out with the owner of the land on which the mare previously grazed.

She moved her indoors over the winter in 2012 after adapting her living room and kitchen, while she lived upstairs. After the horse was seized, the council paid to keep her in Benbecula although Ms Noble remained the owner.