A man with an address at Ladestown, Mullingar was convicted of animal cruelty at Mullingar District Court on Thursday 12th November for failing to obtain essential veterinary treatment for an injured horse.
The court heard that ISPCA Inspector Brendan Hughes responded to a report by a concerned member of the public in October 2008 and discovered a grey mare with a long-standing untreated leg injury around which extensive scar tissue and proud flesh had formed.
The horse was seized and taken to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre in Keenagh, Co. Longford where it received substantial veterinary care over a prolonged period. She was later surrendered to the care of the ISPCA and has made a full recovery.
Judge John Neilan accused the man of being “too mean” to pay for a vet to tend to the horse. He adjourned the case until the 25th February for final sentencing but ordered the defendant to pay the ISPCA’s expenses of €5000 by that date or face a five month custodial sentence.
Inspector Hughes said "this case again emphasises the responsibility animal owners have to organise prompt veterinary attention for animals in their care which are sick or injured. Failure to do so can have very serious consequences”.