The ISPCA responded to a call for help made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline about an injured pony in Arklow, Co. Wicklow on March 15th.
ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling discovered a grey pony, heavy in-foal, with a severely infected wound on her neck, requiring urgent veterinary attention.
The pony - later named Kay - was seized and transported to the nearby Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT).
"A real fighter"
ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said: “It is difficult to establish the exact cause of the injury which, could have been there for some time.”
He described Kay as a "real fighter and it’s great to see her recovering so well.”
“I find it difficult to understand how anyone could leave a pony to suffer in this condition.”
“Those responsible for animals must ensure that they receive prompt veterinary attention when required and an injury as severe as this
, should have been addressed immediately”. He said.
The pony was not microchipped; further investigations are being out by Chief Inspector Dowling and a case file on the matter is being prepared.
Image source: ISPCA