Two horses dead and foal aborted after Limerick shooting

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Horrific scene: One of the horses shot dead outside Ardpatrick
THE ISPCA are appealing for information after two horses were found having been shot, near the village of Ardpatrick.

THE ISPCA are appealing for information after two horses were found having been shot, near the village of Ardpatrick.

Responding to an urgent call on Wednesday, ISPCA inspector Lisa O’Donovan encountered a dead horse lying on the side of the road at Glenanaar, Ardpatrick, Kilmallock, and another mare running loose in a frantic state.

A third mare was discovered in a nearby field, unable to stand and bleeding profusely from a wound on her side. She also aborted the foal that she was carrying.

A veterinary surgeon was immediately summoned but the wounded mare succumbed to her injuries. The uninjured but traumatised horse was secured and escorted away from the scene.

A veterinary examination revealed that both dead animals had been shot, both suffering a single puncture wound to their right flank.

“This is a horrendous situation” commented Inspector O’Donovan, “It was horrific to find the pregnant mare in such distress and fighting for life. We can now confirm that she was six months pregnant. Unfortunately she aborted her foal while we were waiting for the vet to come. It is unimaginable to consider what she had gone through in this remote setting. Thankfully the mare that we removed is safe in our care and getting the best possible attention”.

“I would say that it was either late Tuesday night or very early on Wednesday morning that this would have happened.It is awful for the animals but there is also a huge human risk if people are going around shooting animals.”

The ISPCA’s chief inspector, Conor Dowling, added: “At this point in time we do not know how the horses came to be in this position. None are identifiable as they were not microchipped. Whatever the circumstances, these animals endured the most terrible suffering. We appeal to anyone with any information regarding this incident to contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or Kilmallock garda station”.