Local animal Inspector Kevin McGinley of the Irish Society for the Prevent of Cruelty to Animals told Donegaldaily that equine matters was now the main focus of their workload.
“I would certainly say that eight out of ten of our calls or visits are equine-based be that horses or donkeys.
“Some of them may be minor in that horses or donkeys may need to have their hooves sheared or whatever.
“But we also have more serious cases of animals which have been neglected badly and we need to take more serious action,” he said.
Inspector McGinley said that anyone with concerns over animals should contact the DSPCA.