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Pony Trapped in Ditch

Pony trapped in ditch

ISPCA Inspector Elaine Reynolds last week responded to a call from a member of the public regarding a pony that had become trapped in a waterlogged ditch at Shrove, Tulsk, Co. Roscommon.

On arrival, Inspector Reynolds found a black and white pony lying in about a foot of water and muck. It was unable to get up or even to use its hind legs at all. The poor animal was terrified and was thrashing about in a distressed state.  Locals reported that the pony had been lame the previous evening and it is thought that it had gone into the bushes to try to gain some form of shelter from the extremely adverse weather conditions experienced in the area that night.

A local veterinary surgeon was immediately summoned and on assessment it was determined that, unfortunately, the only option was to put the pony to sleep to end its intense suffering.

Inspector Reynolds commented “It is disappointing that we were unable to rescue this poor pony. We can only take comfort in that fact that it’s suffering was ended as quickly and humanely as possible”.


Enquiries are ongoing to try to identify the owner of the animal.

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