ISPCA Inspector Alice Lacey responded to an urgent call regarding two ponies that had become stuck on a grassy area below a cliff face on Benvoy beach in Co. Waterford.
The ponies were completely unable to get back up to the field, and too nervous to attempt the steep dangerous slope down to the beach.
A further two ponies were still in the field above and were becoming extremely agitated. Inspector Lacey was assisted by Waterford Animal Welfare, assessed the situation and four hours later were able to rescue both ponies and secure them safely on the beach.
ISPCA Inspector Lacey said: “These ponies were in a very precarious situation and we were fortunate to be able to bring them to safety without incident. They could have been spared the ordeal with some simple fencing to prevent the ponies from accessing the cliff face. All four ponies are now safe and sound and have been moved to a more secure field by their owner”.
The ISPCA would like to remind owners that all equines should be safely confined in a securely fenced area. Animals should be checked on daily, refresh their water supply, remove any hazardous material from the field and ensure that the fencing is secure.
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