14th February 2020
The ISPCA was called to assist a pony that was discovered wandering on a public road last month. Kind members of the public had secured the pony in a nearby stubble field but there was nothing there for it to eat. Local enquiries to identify an owner were unsuccessful so a decision was made to take him into care.
ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling and representatives of the Irish Horse Welfare Trust attempted to catch the pony, now named Buster, but he clearly was not used to handling and their initial efforts were unsuccessful. Reinforcements from the Wicklow SPCA were called in and passing members of the public offered assistance.
Another horse was brought to the gate of the field and she caught Buster’s attention long enough for him to be corralled into a waiting horsebox.
ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “This was a real team effort requiring a multi-agency approach to help Buster. The ISPCA would like to thank the Irish Horse Welfare Trust, Wicklow SPCA and the helpful members of the public for their assistance in securing Buster and for the IHWT offering to accommodate him until he could be transferred to the ISPCA National Animal Centre for rehabilitation”.
In a separate incident yesterday two ponies in a wooded area near Bray without access to food or water were seized by the ISPCA and investigations are ongoing.
Chief Inspector Dowling said: “I would like to thank the Gardaí from units A and C attached to Bray Garda Station who assisted in the seizure and loading of these animals which are now receiving some much needed TLC”.
Additionally, two donkeys were recently rescued in Wicklow suffering from severely overgrown hooves and are currently being cared for at the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre in Longford.
Conor added: “Many of our rescued equines arrive in very poor condition with numerous health issues, some have socialisation or behavioural issues due to the conditions they were previously kept in and others may never have been handled. The rehabilitation process is a vital part of what we do and this can take some time. With time and patience, these animals are nurtured back to full health by the ISPCA’s specialist animal carers at our centres, and then responsibly rehomed. It’s thanks to the generous donations from members of the public who care about animal welfare that we are us to continue our vital work, rescuing thousands of vulnerable animals each year”.
If you are interested in offering a new home to one of our rescued ponies, horses or donkeys, please visit our website here for more information and if you have a concern about an animal please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online here https://www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint”.
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