A HORSE has been stabbed to death following a row between two men in Prospect in Limerick.
Gardai, vets and the Limerick Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA), were called to the scene last Friday, where the vicious attack left the creature dying in a pool of its own blood in the middle of Lenihan Avenue.
It is thought that two young men were rowing about the ownership of the horse and that one attempted to stab the other, but the horse stepped in the way.
The unfortunate creature died from a puncture wound to its stomach, and was left covered in blood.
The incident has been widely condemned, with the co-chairman of a newly set up ‘horse committee’, Labour’s Cllr Frankie Daly, describing it as “appalling” and saying that it left him feeling “physically sick”.
The LSPCA said it received “numerous” telephone calls from passers by following the incident.
One of the charity’s volunteers, who did not wish to be named, said: “To leave the horse on the side of the road bleeding out is particularly horrendous. I just don’t understand how people can be so cruel.”
“They fought among themselves, but instead of stabbing each other, they stabbed a defenceless horse. What does it gain? Nothing.”
Labour councillor Daly added: “I am physically sick at hearing this. The poor defenceless animal. This kind of thing cannot and will not be tolerated.”
He said he hoped CCTV would be available to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I think people who would do this to animals must have mental issues, or a sinister side to their character,” he added.
Roxboro gardai are investigating the incident, but no arrests have yet been made.
They can be contacted on 061-214340.