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Monday 21 April 2014

Student vet saves abandoned ponies

Student vet Roisin Scully

TWENTY-three abandoned ponies which faced being put down are today being saved from destruction by animal welfare carers.

The ponies, including a tiny Shetland stallion and a mare in foal, were abandoned in a remote field near Achonry, Co Sligo, before Christmas.

They were discovered in a distressed state by student vet Roisin Scully (18) and reported to the authorities.

Roisin, a student at UCD who lives in the area, and other neighbours have cared for the animals since the discovery on December 29.

Sligo County Council erected a notice saying it had impounded the animals. It wasn't possible at that stage to find them new homes as they could be a health risk and they weren't micro-chipped.

Now, officials from Animal Heaven Animal Rescue (AHAR) are on their way from their base near Killarney, Co Kerry, and they are expected to take the ponies away today.

Irish Independent

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