No arrests made in ‘horrific’ horse shooting incident

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Horrific scene: One of the horses shot dead outside Ardpatrick
GARDAI are continuing to appeal to the public for information after two horses were found having been shot, near the village of Ardpatrick.

GARDAI are continuing to appeal to the public for information after two horses were found having been shot, near the village of Ardpatrick.

Responding to an urgent call on Wednesday, November 19, ISPCA inspector Lisa O’Donovan encountered a dead horse lying on the side of the road at Glenanaar, Ardpatrick 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.

According to gardai, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident.

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.

“It was horrific to find the pregnant mare in such distress and fighting for life,” commented Inspector O’Donovan. “She was six months pregnant. Unfortunately she aborted her foal while we were waiting for the vet to come. Thankfully the mare that we removed is safe in our care and getting the best possible attention”.

The ISPCA’s chief inspector, Conor Dowling, added: “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 to contact the ISPCA on 1890 515 515 or Kilmallock garda station on 063 98018.”