NAPANEE, Ont. -- Provincial police say a woman has been charged after allegedly allowing horses to run free on roads in Tyendinaga Township in eastern Ontario.

OPP say officers had responded to numerous calls regarding the roaming horses over the past several months.

Investigators say they determined that the horses were able to leave the property due to inadequate fencing and say they also heard concerns regarding the overall health and welfare of animals on the farm.

They say officers, assisted by the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, executed a search warrant on the property in relation to animal welfare issues on Tuesday.

Police say a 70-year-old woman is charged with mischief.

OPP say the horses are being temporarily removed from the property and housed elsewhere until an appropriate enclosure is erected to prevent them from leaving the farm.

"Until all the animals can be rounded up and transported to safety, there remains a risk that horses could still stray," said OPP Insp. Scott Semple. "We remind motorists in the area to continue to exercise caution."