The Chairperson of the ISPCA, Barbara Bent, has issued a plea to horse owners as the charity struggles with a massive increase in calls for help.
“We predict a large number of equines will suffer this winter, many dumped and left to starve and sadly we won’t be able to help them all” Barbara says.
“We are asking horse owners to take their responsibilities seriously, make preparations for feed early and if in need of help seek it as soon as possible.”
The ISPCA has seen a massive increase in the number of horses taken into care so far this year. “It’s partly due to the recession” Barbara says, continuing: “people can’t afford to look after them.”
Unfortunately, equine owners often can’t sell their animal either, and the animal suffers as a result.
One of the most recent cases involved Nina, a young trotter who was dehydrated, seriously injured and left for dead before being rescued by an ISPCA Inspector in Laois. Now in the ISPCA National Centre in Kenagh, Nina is thankfully making a good recovery.
Barbara is keen to stress the importance of microchipping, adding that if Nina had had a microchip, her owner could have been held responsible for her injuries.
“It is crucial for responsible animal ownership that [an animal] can be traced back to its owner” Barbara explains. Another way of ensuring equine welfare, Barbara adds, is to plan ahead.
“Make plans for winter. If you have horses, make sure you have enough feed for them.”
“Be responsible and plan early” she continues, explaining that this gives more time to find what the animals need.
Barbara urges people with concerns to call the ISPCA Helpline on 1890 515 515.