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The gaping wound horrified Mayo SPCA volunteers

It is beyond belief to think that someone could discard or dispose of an animal in this manner!  The little Shetland pony pictured above was discovered with three of her legs tied together in a 14ft deep bog hole on private land.  She had been there suffering for at least 10 days.  Upon releasing the animal from the ravine, closer examination of the pony revealed horrific injuries to the pony’s rear end. ‘The maggot infested wound shocked Mayo SPCA volunteers who had responded to a request for assistance by Claremorris Gardai.

ISPCA Centres are filled beyond capacity with abused and neglected horses and ponies; The reports of cruelty involving equines have reached critical levels and the financial strain of dealing with the massive increase of horses is crippling.  Horses are being abandoned the length and breadth of Ireland. It is sadly a regular occurrence for ISPCA Welfare Inspectors to come upon scenes like the little bay pony above. Pet horses have even been tied to posts and left to die. Cruelty allegations to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline involving equines has gone up by 100%, in the first three months of 2009.

‘We have a crisis on our hands and we need to act now’ says ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling.  ‘This winter when grass for horses is scarce, joined with the recession, makes for a lethal combination for horses across Ireland'.  The ISPCA feels the Government needs to tackle the problem and help come up with a solution before the situation worsens. The charity has been warning the Department of Agriculture about the over-breeding of horses since 2006, but nothing has been done!

‘People who own horses need to take responsibility’.  They have been breeding horses for the last 15 years when times were good, but now that prices for horses have dropped through the floor, they can’t give them away or afford to kill them so a lot are dumping them.  It’s totally unreasonable to expect the ISPCA and other welfare charities to deal with the fallout, 'says Inspector Dowling.

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The little Shetland pony is responding well to veterinary and farrier treatment.
Update 12/08/2009

'Willow' our little Shetland Pony lost the use of her back legs over the weekend and although every effort was made to save her we were not successful.   A sad loss for a brave little creature with the heart of a lion and the nature of a lamb.   Very depressing especially as she had been doing so well.   Unfortunately nobody has came forward with any information regarding the perpetrator of this heinous act.

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