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Roscommon Man convicted of cruelty to horse

Roscommon Man convicted of cruelty to horse

ISPCA Press Release, 17th Oct 2007

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A man with an address at Ballymurray, Roscommon was convicted of animal cruelty at Roscommon District Court yesterday, 16th October 2007. The charge related to a grey filly discovered at lands at Ballyleague, Lanesborough, Co. Roscommon on Thursday 23rd November 2006.

ISPCA Inspector Brendan Hughes found the animal with a severely injured left hind leg which was grossly swollen and infected. A veterinary surgeon was summoned who estimated that the infected growth on the leg weighed approximately 40 kg. This growth was ulcerated in places and oozed blood and puss. On veterinary advice the horse was euthanased immediately on site.


Although he denied ownership of the filly, the accused admitted responsibility for its condition and pled guilty to the animal cruelty charges. Defence solicitor, Kevin Kilraine, claimed that the animal was old and should have been put to sleep but the owner had been busy and had not had the time to organise its euthanasia.

Judge Geoffrey Browne visibly winced when shown photographs of the filly before imposing a fine of €1000 and ordering Mr. Feely to pay costs of €693 incurred by the ISPCA and the attending vet.


Inspector Hughes said "We are pleased with the successful outcome of this case and believe it highlights the fact that failure to provide prompt veterinary attention for animals' injuries can have serious repercussions".

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