A DONKEY that had suffered horrific head injuries caused by a rope collar has been rescued in Limerick and removed into care.
The animal was rescued from the Southill area of Limerick city by the ISPCA after a report was made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline.
ISPCA Inspector Emma Carroll, who investigated the report, said the donkey's injuries were caused by a head collar which was "severely embedded on the donkey’s nose, chin and poll area".
"The smell of infection from the donkey’s face was so overpowering and he was visibly distressed. I immediately called for help and the donkey was removed into the care of the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre where he received urgent veterinary treatment before being transported to the Donkey Sanctuary," said Inspector Carroll.
Unfortunately the donkey was not microchipped and the ISPCA is appealing to the public for information in relation to its origin.
"This is an injury caused by sheer neglect, lack of observation and care on an owner’s behalf. There is absolutely no excuse for the pain and suffering caused to this defenceless animal. It is paramount owners check the welfare of their animals daily. It is also a stark reminder why rope should never be used to make head-collars as they can cause horrific injuries," said Inspector Carroll.
The ISPCA inspector thanked the Donkey Sanctuary and the local people of Southill who assisted her in catching the animal.
If you suspect an animal is being cruelly treated, neglected or abused, or if you see something suspicious, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online.