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Extremely emaciated horse abandoned in Laois


In response to a call made to the ISPCA National Animal Helpline Inspector Brendan Hughes proceeded to an area of forestry in Co. Laois. He quickly discovered what he later described as “the skinniest horse I have seen in my career”.

It is thought that the bay mare was dumped in the forestry, an area commonly used for illegally disposing of household rubbish.


Inspector Hughes commented It is far too early in the winter to be seeing a horse in such an extreme state of emaciation. It would have taken a long period of time to get into this condition and, given the amount of growth we had over the summer, there is no reason for it”.

The horse was taken to a local yard as she was too weak to travel far. She is now receiving intensive care under veterinary supervision


Chief Inspector Conor Dowling who also attended the scene stated “The fact that this mare was still standing is amazing given the condition she was in. She is now receiving the best possible care and we can only hope for the best”.

Enquiries are ongoing in an effort to trace the person responsible and the ISPCA are appealing to anyone who may have any information to contact their National Animal Helpline on Lo-Call 1890 515 515.

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