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Conviction in Edenderry Pony Case

A mother and daughter were convicted of animal cruelty and banned from keeping equines for 10 years at Edenderry District Court on Monday 26th January. Ester and Catriona Malony of Ballydoolin House and Gardens, Edenderry each pled guilty to three counts of cruelty to ponies.

The court heard that ISPCA Inspector Brendan Hughes responded to a report from a concerned member of the public on 20th May 2008 and discovered three ponies all of which had neglected and malformed hooves.

One of the ponies, a 20 year old grey mare, had up to 18 inches of excess hoof growth. One of her hooves had curled back 180 degrees and had begun to cut into her leg. A brown Shetland gelding had hooves overgrown by around 8 inches. The third pony, a dun gelding had malformed club feet.

All ponies were in considerable pain and reluctant to move around. They were all surrendered to the care of the ISPCA and taken to the National Animal Centre in Keenagh, Co. Longford. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the farrier, veterinary and care staff all three ponies were humanely euthanased on veterinary advice over the following months. The damage caused to their feet by prolonged neglect was too severe to remedy and was causing them ongoing pain.

In addition to the 10 year ban from keeping equines Judge Haughton also fined both women €1000 each in total and ordered them to pay €572.42 ISPCA expenses.

Inspector Hughes said "Animal owners have a responsibility to provide appropriate care and attention for their animals. Failure to provide that care can have serious repercussions as we saw in court today”.

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