At the request of Gardai, ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan proceeded to a remote forestry area in North West Cork where she found an old grey mare. While there was sufficient grazing and access to water by means of a stream, the mare was in poor bodily condition as a result of having bad teeth.
Local enquiries were made to locate the owner of the mare who was the instructed to obtain veterinary treatment for the animal and to have her removed and stabled. However, these instructions were not complied with and, on the advice of a veterinary surgeon, the mare was seized and removed to the care of the ISPCA before she deteriorated further.
This is the second such incident in the Cork Region over a short period of time. “This is an extremely sad reflection of the value placed on living beings” remarked Inspector O’Donovan, “This mare had seemingly served her purpose and was abandoned in this area to fend for herself. It was clear she was losing body condition due to the fact that she was unable to eat without discomfort. This sort of behaviour is unacceptable and unforgivable. We have a lifetime responsibility towards animals in our care.”
The mare was removed to the ISPCA Victor Dowling Rescue Centre, where she received the long overdue and much needed veterinary care.
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