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The ISPCA are appealing for information after a grisly discovery was made in Glenanaar, Ardpatrick, Killmallock, on the Cork / Limerick county border.
Responding to an urgent call, ISPCA Inspector Lisa O’Donovan encountered a horrific scene. There was a dead horse lying on the side of the road and another mare running loose in a frantic state.
A third mare was discovered in a nearby field, unable to stand and bleeding profusely from a wound on her side. She also aborted the foal that she was carrying.
A Veterinary Surgeon was immediately summoned but the wounded mare succumbed to her injuries. The uninjured but traumatised horse was secured and escorted away from the scene.
A veterinary examination revealed that both dead animals had been shot, both suffering a single puncture wound to their right flank.
“This is a horrendous situation” commented Inspector O’Donovan, “It was horrific to find the pregnant mare in such distress and fighting for life. We can now confirm that she was 6 months pregnant. It is unimaginable to consider what she had gone through in this remote setting. Thankfully the mare that we removed is safe in our care and getting the best possible attention”.
The ISPCA’s Chief Inspector Conor Dowling added “At this point in time we do not know how the horses came to be in this position. None are identifiable as they were not microchipped. Whatever the circumstances, these animals endured the most terrible suffering. We appeal to anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or Killmallock Garda Station”.
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