Thursday November 10, 2011
HAT TRICK OF HORRORS FOR DUBLIN HORSES AND THE DSPCA
INSTANCES OF EQUINE CRUELTY HIGHLIGHT NEED FOR DSPCA FUNDING
Thursday 10th November 2011: An emaciated and injured horse put to sleep by the DSPCA at Brittas, Co Dublin completed a hat trick of misery for Ireland’s urban equines. The horse was the third animal in three days that the DSPCA had to destroy as a result of neglect, injury and cruelty.
Tuesday the DSPCA was called to an emaciated horse found trashing on the ground in a field off the Navan Rd. The animal tethered by a rope to its infected and effectively rotten hind leg was euthanized at the scene. DSPCA Officers at the scene were then physically threatened; staff were told by locals that the animal had been purchased for 50 euro.
Wednesday afternoon, residents in Cabra called the DSPCA to a scene that horrified even their battle weary welfare officers and vets as a horse forced to jump over a fence had its insides ripped out in the process. The animal was further defiled when the riders attempted to force the animal embedded in the fence to move, the injuries becoming so grotesque the DSPCA had no choice but to calm the terrified animal before ending its life where it stood. It was a horrific scene in a quiet residential street where local residents and their children witnessed the carnage.
Jimmy Cahill, CEO of the DSPCA commenting on the situation said “Our staff had witnessed a lot of equine cruelty and neglect in the past number of years and whilst we have seen significant decline in equine neglect in the six months following the effective enforcement of legislation at the Smithfield Horse Fair, these three days are a dismal reminder that as a society we are still prone to committing appalling acts of cruelty and neglect.”
Lisa Kemp one of the animal welfare officers that attended the scenes spoke about what she has seen in the past three days “It is impossible not to be affected by what we have seen across Dublin this week. These beautiful animals were given no chance as they are totally dependent on others for food, shelter and kindness. We would urge people to contact us if they see a horse that could be in distress. Help us help them.”
The DSPCA, Ireland oldest animal welfare organisation has been at the frontline of equine welfare in Ireland leading the Horse Amnesty programme , an All Ireland initiative designed to encourage horse owners who are no longer able to care for their horses to seek help and advice from the DSPCA. They have a dedicated phone number (01 -4994700) where owners can ring in confidence and discuss their situation, an Amnesty Liaison Officer will assist them in the next steps. For further information or to make a donation to the DSPCA log onto www.dspca.ie