THE ISPCA is caring for five thoroughbred horses found in a malnourished condition in Offaly. Inspector Brendan Hughes was contacted by Gardaí who had been alerted to the plight of the horses.
Despite the fact that they had been initially issued with instructions by Gardaí to organise veterinary care and feeding, the owner had failed to comply sufficiently and the animals were seized.
On veterinary examination all five animals were found to be severely underweight and suffering from extensive rain-scald. They were also infested with parasites, both externally in the form of lice and internally with a heavy worm burden.
Inspector Hughes said, “These animals clearly needed intensive treatment and we are pleased to have been able to remove them to a place of safety where they can receive this much needed care.” The horses are now recuperating in an ISPCA rehabilitation centre. The matter is under investigation and all the ISPCA’s findings will be submitted to the Gardaí.