Seven horses have been seized from a Donegal farm amidst concern that they were being treated cruelly.
The horses were seized in recent days and were in an emaciated condition.
Inspectors from the ISPCA supported by officials from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) raided the farm.
The horses were removed and have been taken to ISPCA Animal Centres where they are being looked after.
A full investigation into the incident is ongoing.
A spokesperson for the ISPCA told Donegal Daily that because the investigation is live they could not comment any further.
The ISPCA say their Frontline Inspectors and carers are being stretched to their limit responding to emergencies.
The spokesperson said “ISPCA essential frontline Inspectors have been busy responding to emergency calls made to our National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 and here are some of the animals that have been admitted recently.”
The spokesperson also referred to the recent raid by inspectors on the Donegal farm.
“We have been working with officials from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine (DAFM) to deal with a serious animal welfare issue involving multiple horses in the North West of the country.
“Seven horses, most of which are in an emaciated condition, have been taken into ISPCA Animal Centres, where they will receive ongoing treatment. An investigation is ongoing.”
The group’s animal carers are busy caring for hundreds of vulnerable animals in their rescue centres during these difficult circumstances.
“Many more vulnerable animals will need to be rescued and cared for at our centres and will need to stay with us for a longer period of time during lockdown before they can be lovingly rehomed.
“Many more vulnerable animals will need to be rescued and cared for at our centres and for a longer period of time before they can be lovingly rehomed.
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