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Donkey rescued with horrific head injuries caused by a rope head-collar

ISPCA Inspector Emma Carroll investigated a report made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline in relation to a donkey with an embedded head collar in the South hill area of Limerick City recently.

Upon investigation the donkey was found to have a rope head collar severely embedded on the donkey’s nose, chin and poll area.

Inspector Carroll said:  “The smell of infection from the donkey’s face was so overpowering and he was visibly distressed. I immediately called for help and the donkey was removed into the care of the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre where he received urgent veterinary treatment before being transported to the Donkey Sanctuary.

 

Unfortunately the donkey was not microchipped and the ISPCA is appealing to the public for information in relation to the donkey’s origin.

Inspector Carroll added: “This is an injury caused by sheer neglect, lack of observation and care on an owner’s behalf. There is absolutely no excuse for the pain and suffering caused to this defenceless animal.  It is paramount owners check the welfare of their animals daily. It is also a stark reminder why rope should never be used to make head-collars as they can cause horrific injuries”.

The ISPCA would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Donkey Sanctuary and the local people in south hill who assisted Inspector Carroll in catching the donkey.

Remember if you suspect an animal is being cruelly treated, neglected or abused, or if you see something suspicious, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online. In case of an emergency, please contact your local Gardaí.

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