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Young Gelding in Pain and Distress

Following a call to the ISPCA Animal Helpline, Inspector Lisa O'Donovan responded to a call on the North side of Cork City regarding a gelding in urgent need of assistance.

On arrival she found a young bay gelding in a collapsed state unable to get to its feet. Its body was convulsing and it was very distressed. The Gardai and a Veterinary surgeon were immediately summoned.

Local enquires confirmed that there had been a herd of equines in the area over previous weeks. Around a week previously most of the herd had been removed but this unfortunate animal was left behind.

Despite the veterinary team’s every effort, the young gelding had to be euthanized on humane grounds as he was suffering from a neurological condition that was causing the young animal significant pain and distress.

Several attempts were made to get him on his feet, but his condition had progressed so severely it was cruelty to make him endure more.

"Its heart wrenching to come across these sad cases," said Inspector O'Donovan." We feel very helpless when we see that the call came too late and can only imagine how much the young animal suffered. It’s a small consolation to know that at least we were able to end the terrible suffering he had endured."

Unfortunately these calls are not uncommon to the ISPCA. Equines are often left to roam unsuitable agricultural / forestry areas without the landowners consent. Normally, after a period of time, they are rounded up and moved on elsewhere. But in some cases weak, diseased or sick animals are left behind to die.

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