Youths burnt horse alive – charity
A DUBLIN animal charity has maintained it still believes a horse was killed by being set ablaze by a gang of youths.
A statement from the garda press office said gardai now believe the horse was already dead when set on fire at Killinarden, in Tallaght, Dublin, on Wednesday night. But a spokesperson for the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) said the charity had received information the horse was still alive when set on fire.
Gardai worked with the DSPCA to remove five other horses from the green area after the horse's badly burned body was discovered.
Brian Gillen, the DSPCA's CEO, described it as one of the worst acts of "depraved cruelty" they had ever witnessed.
In a statement published on the charity's Facebook site yesterday, the DSPCA reported that it was completing a case file on the horrifying incident.
It stated: "The new information received has revealed that the horse was a mare who had recently weaned a foal. She appeared to be sick prior to the incident, possibly suffering from mastitis. She was reportedly tied to a lamppost and was seen choking on the rope before being removed shortly before her death.
"Another report tells of seeing a number of youths pouring a bottle of vodka down the mare's throat. Currently these reports are unverified but we will be following them up to complete the case file."