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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.

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