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Abandoned in a Forest Area in North Cork

Abandoned Pony in the care of the ISPCA

Alf is a young Skewbald colt that was found abandoned in a forestry area in North Cork. He came to the attention of the ISPCA Inspector Lisa O'Donovan after concerns were expressed regarding him straying from the forestry and onto the main road.

"We were very concerned about the condition of his hooves," stated Inspector O'Donovan, "he was in serious need of farrier attention, added to that the dangers that can associated with young colts being loose in a public area."

Alf is one of the many equines found by the ISPCA in remote forestry areas. "It seems to be a favoured area to let horses and ponies loose. Whilst there is adequate shelter, water and some grazing, these animals can succumb to illness and injury when there is no one tending to them regularly. In addition, there is the environmental issue of damage to trees and seedlings" added Inspector O’Donovan.

Alf's hooves received the much needed farrier treatment and he is now safe with the staff at the ISPCA Equine Centre.

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