A TOTAL of 19 dead horses have been found around Cork city in the past fortnight, some bearing signs of the worst neglect ever witnessed by welfare officers.
Animal welfare officers all across the country have been struggling to cope with what the ISPCA are calling an equine welfare crisis.
Some 30 horses left to die have been rescued in the past two weeks, with 22 animals taken in over a 48-hour period across Cork, Donegal, Westmeath and Carlow.
ISPCA officials have said they are finding dead horses on an almost daily basis.
The situation in Cork city seems to be particularly alarming, with 19 dead horses having been discovered in the past fortnight.
Two live, but emaciated horses, were discovered in the Hollyhill area of Cork city yesterday. Eleven carcasses have been discovered in the area to date, while one horse had to be put down on Monday.
Last week, three dead horses were found in Lower Killeens while two others were seized. Four dead horses were also found off Commons Road in Cork with another two were seized due to neglect.
ISPCA inspector for Cork city, Lisa O’Donovan, said the condition of some of the animals was the worst she had ever seen.
“The animals have been found in various stages of decomposition. We found another two alive today but if we didn’t come out today, they would have joined the rest. In all my time with the ISPCA, I have never seen anything like this level of neglect. It’s just very sad,” she said.
Ms O’Donovan said the low cost of buying a horse coupled with the recession were contributing factors to the spiralling number of neglect cases in the city.
“Horses just aren’t worth anything. You can get some horses for as little as €8 and people swap them for mobile phones in some areas,” she said.
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