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'Sheer neglect': ISPCA investigating donkey found with 'horrific head injuries'

Meanwhile, Action For Animal Welfare Ireland has posted images of a severely neglected horse on its Facebook page.

THE ISCPA HAS launched an investigation into a donkey who was severely injured as a result of an embedded head collar in the South Hill area of Limerick City.

Upon inspection, the donkey was found to have a rope head collar severely embedded on the donkey’s nose, chin and poll area.

Donkey rescued with horrific head injuries caused by a rope head Donkey rescued with horrific head injuries caused by a rope head Source: ISPCA

Inspector Emma Carroll immediately called for help and the donkey was removed into the care of the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre, where he received urgent veterinary treatment.

The donkey was later transported to the Donkey Sanctuary.

“The smell of infection from the donkey’s face was so overpowering and he was visibly distressed,” Carroll said.

The donkey was not microchipped and the ISPCA is appealing to the public for information in relation to its origin.

“This is an injury caused by sheer neglect, lack of observation and care on an owner’s behalf,” Carroll said.

“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,” she said.

Meanwhile, Action For Animal Welfare Ireland has posted images of a severely neglected horse on its Facebook page.

A member of the public found the horse in its neglected state, in Knocklofty, Clonmel, Tipperary yesterday.

The horse was pictured with empty eye sockets and its rib cages on show.

“Who is responsible for these poor animals? I have tried to find out to no avail, someone knows,” the post read.

“It’s a heartbreaking sight and I know I cannot stand by and do nothing.”

Last year, 16,312 calls were made to the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline, resulting in over 3,200 investigations. 995 animals were seized or surrendered.

If you suspect an animal being cruelly treated, neglected or abused, or if you seen something suspicious, the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline can be contacted in confidence on 1890 515 515 or online here.

In case of an emergency, the ISPCA has recommended the public contact gardaí.

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