The ISPCA have rescued a donkey with a rope collar "severely embedded" into its nose and chin.
ISPCA Inspector Emma Carroll investigated a report made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline about the donkey in the Southill area of Limerick city recently.
When she found the donkey with a rope head-collar embedded in its nose, chin and poll area, she said the animal was very upset.
Inspector Carroll said: "The smell of infection from the donkey’s face was so overpowering and he was visibly distressed.
"I immediately called for help and the donkey was removed into the care of the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre where he received urgent veterinary treatment before being transported to the Donkey Sanctuary."
The donkey was not microchipped and the ISPCA is appealing to the public for information in relation to the donkey’s origin.
Inspector Carroll added: "This is an injury caused by sheer neglect, lack of observation and care on an owner’s behalf. There is absolutely no excuse for the pain and suffering caused to this defenceless animal.
"It is paramount owners check the welfare of their animals daily.
"It is also a stark reminder why rope should never be used to make head-collars as they can cause horrific injuries."
The association thanked the Donkey Sanctuary and the people of Southill for their help in the case.
Anyone who suspects an animal is being cruelly treated, neglected or abused, can contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online.
In case of an emergency, people are advised to contact local Gardaí.