Councillor reduced to tears in field of dead horses and a starving foal
A councillor has spoken of her horror at walking into a field with dead and severely malnourished horses.
Catherine Carey said she broke down in tears at the sight of seven dead horses on abandoned land near Clonmel, Co Tipperary.
A young malnourished horse was even seen eating part of a wooden fence while crows picked at the dead remains.
The Sinn Féin representative described what she saw as "an open cemetery for dead horses".
Ms Carey said: "It first came to my attention on Sunday night through Facebook. Even though I thought there were only one or two dead horses, I still couldn't sleep that night.
"I got straight onto the council on Monday morning and they assured me that they would travel to the site."
Ms Carey decided to visit the field the next day to see the scene for herself.
"When I got there, I was absolutely horrified," she told the Irish Independent.