8% of equine calls to ISPCA from Leitrim region
The ISPCA received and responded to over 1,500 equine distress calls related to neglected or abused horses, ponies and foals in 2012. 8% of those calls came from the Leitrim region, amounting to over 120.
Almost 100 of these animals had to be taken into ISPCA care; this is an increase of over 10% from 2011. ISPCA expectation for calls this year (2013) relating to equine care is in the region of 1,700.
The Hay Drive calls for support from the public to help the ISPCA feed, care for and rehome the horses, ponies and foals in their care.
With a difficult wet summer the problem of feeding has become especially difficult this winter as hay is becoming scarce. Many horses, ponies and foals which were able to graze during the summer will be left abandoned and neglected during the winter rather than costing the owner money in feed. The ISPCA becomes a vital source of care for these animals during the expected colder, harsher months ahead.
This winter the ISPCA is urgently asking people to donate online or to text HAY to 57802 to donate €3 to help fill the ISPCA hay barn. €3 will buy a bale of hay and feed a neglected horse for a day.
“Naturally rehoming dogs, cats and smaller more domestic animals has a higher success rate while horses, ponies and foals require a certain type of owner. One who has the land, capability to stable in winter and feed during the colder, frosted months. Part of this is because of difficult winters but too many are because of horrific abuse, starvation and neglect. Naturally we (ISPCA) are saddened at the number of these beautiful animals that have to be seized and rescued but we have no option.” said Noel Griffin, CEO, ISPCA.
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Wednesday 19 June 2013
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