ANIMAL CRUELTY IN A RECESSION
AS THE recession bites hard on all sections of society a common ill effect is the consequences for many defenceless animals that are being left to fend for themselves on an all too regular basis.
The trend of abandonment of animals of all sizes is growing at an alarming rate with cash strapped owners who take the option of letting most commonly horses and dogs out in the wild with no food, water, shelter or veterinary care.
In South Wicklow alone The Wicklow People has reported on three separate incidents in which the SPCA and Irish Horse Welfare Trust carried out rescue operations.
Sadly in two of these cases horses did not survive and succumbed to starvation.
In February of this year Wicklow SPCA completed a successful rescue of a terrier which had been stranded in the Arklow Marsh during the Big Freeze.
The animal was described as ‘petrified’ but thanks to some local residents and Chief Inspector Conor Dowling of the ISPCA was safely rescued and brought to the animal shelter in the hope of finding a new home.
At the beginning of March the Irish Horse Welfare Trust put out an urgent appeal to horse owners who are struggling to keep their animals to make contact and seek help after a young filly died after it was left to roam Glenmalure Woods without food.
The IHWT team tried in vain to save the filly’s life and she died at their Woodenbridge headquarters in intensive care a few hours later.
Unbelievably just days after this appeal was made a total of ten ponies were reported to the Wicklow SPCA as being in a neglected state off the Vale Road, Arklow.
Upon inspection the rescue team found three carcasses of starved ponies and managed to rescue another seven which would have died had they been left for much longer.
Lack of food and general neglect were the causes of their condition which is proving more difficult for owners to counteract as their funds run low.
The ponies are now in a much healthier state thanks to the care at Sharpeshill Sanctuary and are seeking new homes.
TOP: The terrier which had been stranded in the Arklow Marsh. ABOVE RIGHT: The horse that died after being left to roam Glenmalure Woods. BELOW: The SPCA rounds up neglected horses off the Vale Road in Arklow.