Warning to public after sadistic slaughter of pony
ANIMAL welfare officers expressed revulsion last night at what they called one of the most horrific acts of animal cruelty they have ever encountered.
Inspectors at the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) said they were appalled by the sadistic slaughter of a young pony that was left to die in agony after its throat was brutally slashed with a Stanley knife.
The savage attack was described as one of the most "horrendous animal crime scenes" ever witnessed by DSPCA staff who are calling the crime 'cold blooded murder'.
The grisly discovery was made after a caller rang the DSPCA upon finding the two-year-old male pony lying in a pool of blood in a field in Ongar, Clonsilla, Dublin, on Thursday night.
The pony had bled to death after his throat was slashed from ear to ear.
DSPCA Inspector Tony McGovern said: "I called the gardai immediately and asked them to investigate the matter.
"Sadly, there was nothing more we could do, the poor thing was dead."
Not only was the crime unspeakably cruel, it was a worrying indicator of the level of gratuitous violence the perpetrator was capable of carrying out in the future, added DSPCA education officer Miriam Kerins.
"This attack was at a level that would deeply concern me and should deeply concern any right-thinking member of the public.
"We would class this as an indicator crime, where the perpetrator was obviously someone who knew what they were doing.
"I would be worried for what this person could be capable of in the future," she said.
"We are absolutely appalled by the heinous nature of what has happened.
"This poor, defenceless pony lost its life in what can only be described as cold-blooded murder."
DSPCA officials believe that there are witnesses who know who the perpetrator is and are urging them to come forward to prevent any further attacks on animals or others.
They are urging anyone with information to contact the DSPCA on 01 493 5502, or to contact the Blanchardstown garda station on 01 666 7000.