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Seven month old foal abandoned in Sligo with horrific neck injury


A seven month old colt foal with a horrific neck injury was found abandoned on waste-ground in Sligo town earlier this week.  

ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons responded to a call from a concerned member of the public and found the young animal in a great deal of pain. Both sides of his neck had suffered massive puncture wounds which were badly infected and was clearly in an extremely weakened state.

ISPCA Inspector Lyons said: “He was just standing there lifeless on his own in the middle of the car park. He must have been in an awful lot of pain and didn’t have the energy to move.  I immediately called on the assistance of a local equine sanctuary and the foal later named Chance was taken directly for veterinary treatment. The extensive wounds on both sides of the neck, which it is thought were over a week old, were only centimetres from the vertebrae in his neck. It is hoped that the vertebrae will not become infected now and he has a long road to recovery”.

Unfortunately, Chance was not micro-chipped and local enquires have not revealed an owner or what happened to cause such horrific injuries.  If his owner cannot be found, it is hoped Chance can be re-homed once his injury is fully healed. His wound is improving already and he is in good spirits and we are optimistic he will make a full recovery.

The ISPCA is appealing to anyone in the area who recognises him to please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report confidentially online on

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