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Dublin: 11 °C Wednesday 3 June, 2020

Pony rescued after being found in 'excruciating pain' with head collar embedded in his face

The ISPCA wants to hear from anybody who has any information about the pony.

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A PONY HAS been rescued after it was found with a head collar embedded in its face.

The two-year-old chestnut colt – which has now been named Lucky – was spotted by a family in a remote part of Sligo.

They contacted the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) for help.

Lucky was taken to the charity’s National Animal Centre in Longford where he has been receiving veterinary care for his wound.

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ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons says Lucky has responded well to treatment and, while his wound was extensive, it is now healing nicely.

He has been a model patient and is a favourite with our care staff…it is obvious that he was well handled at some stage in his life.

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Lyons added that it’s not clear where Lucky came from but that “a number of ponies had been seen roaming the area some weeks back. Most of these animals then disappeared but it appears that Lucky was left behind”.

The ISPCA say they are investigating the matter but the fact that Lucky was not identifiable is making progress difficult.

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ISPCA Chief Inspector Conor Dowling, said, “Unfortunately, Lucky was not microchipped making it very difficult for the ISPCA to establish how he came to be in this position.”

He added, “if anybody has any information relating to this pony we would be very interested to hear from them.”

The ISPCA can be contacted on 043 33 25035 or

The National Animal Cruelty Helpline is 1890 515 515.

Read: Record number of animals removed from Ballinasloe Horse Fair despite ‘considerable progress’>

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