Monday 16 October 2017

'How many more deaths will it take?' - Man who filmed horse collapsing in front lawn demands probe

WARNING: Contains footage and images that some readers may find distressing

The horse collapsed after wandering into the garden. Picture Ben Lannigan (Facebook)
The horse collapsed after wandering into the garden. Picture Ben Lannigan (Facebook)
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A man who filmed an emaciated mare walking into his garden before collapsing has demanded that people address animal cruelty issues.

The video was captured by Kilkenny native Ben Lannigan and posted to Facebook this week.

The short clip shows what appears to be a young mare standing in a garden.

Moments later the animal collapses onto the grass.

Mr Lannigan wrote: "How many more deaths will it take before people address the current ongoing cruelty to horses.

"This afternoon I witnessed a poor mare wander into our front garden with unsteady legs and collapsed in front of me."

The horse collapsed after wandering into the garden. Picture Ben Lannigan (Facebook)
The horse collapsed after wandering into the garden. Picture Ben Lannigan (Facebook)

Mr Lannigan praised gardaí who came to the scene and "very willingly" did their best by giving the animal water and staying by her side until the vet arrived.

"We were sadly informed by the vet that the poor creature had a severe case of colic and had unfortunately progressed beyond a safe recovery."

Mr Lannigan said the animal had a temperature of 41 "which is the worst the vet ever saw".

The mare was also not chipped, he claimed.

"How many more will it take for local politicians and world leaders to intervene?" he asked

ISPCA chief inspector Conor Dowling said: "It is hard to tell much from the video as it is very short. The animal doesn't appear to be in poor physical condition. And without a full post mortem it is impossible to say what caused the collic that ultimately caused her death.

"Collic can be caused by neglect but it can also be caused by a number of other things."

he added: "All animals can develop sicknesses and we do have a duty to monitor them. And if it shows signs of sickness then we do have a responsibility as owners to get that animal to a vet.

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