The ISPCA, which is based in Kenagh, is investigating the discovery of an abandoned pony left seriously injured in the Midlands.
Inspector Michael Keane investigated an initial complaint about underweight ponies in a flooded area of forest and after wading through water nearly three feet deep in parts, he located two ponies on a small unsubmerged patch of land.
Both the mare and foal were taken to a specialist equine veterinary practice where, on examination, it was determined that the mare would have to be euthanized on humane grounds. “The suffering that this mare must have endured is hard to imagine,” said Inspector Keane. “We can take some comfort in the fact that we were able to end that suffering.
“The mare’s very poor body condition was immediately obvious but she also appeared to have a significant injury to her hind leg,” Carmel Murray of the ISPCA told the Leader. “With the help of local Gardaí, Inspector Keane arranged the seizure of the ponies; the suffering the mare endured is hard to imagine.”