There is no solution to dealing with the “awful” problem of horses being mistreated in Tipperary, according to Tipperary Friends of Animals.
While the problem is a county-wide issue, Linda Hehir of the rescue group told the Tipperary Star that they received “a lot of calls from the general Thurles and Templemore areas”.
She revealed that two horses were found dead on land in Templemore three weeks ago, and in the past fortnight, they have had to put down two other horses on publicly-owned land in the town.
Apart from these two areas, they had also received calls about starving and dying horses found around areas such as Bansha, Birdhill, Ballinure, Tipperary Town, Pouldine, Dundrum and Two-Mile Borris.
Ms Hehir said that in one case in Silvermines in February, a dead horse had been left tied to a gate at the old Macobar mine.
They had also received calls about a horse which had been left tangled in barbed wire in Tipperary Town.
“There is not too much action taken on abandoned horses in North Tipperary,” she said.
“South Tipperary will take action, as they seem to have better bylaws.”
Ms Hehir revealed that just this Monday, they had received a call about two horses reported to be in a bad condition near Ballinure, but when the Department vet arived, he could only find one horse and presumed the second one might be dead.
The vet was going back to check the area again this Tuesday.
“We get calls about horses all the time, but especially at this time of the year,” she continued.
“There is no solution to the problem. We find horses, but no owners can be found,” she said.
“At least there is a pound where you can bring dogs, but horses are left in miserable condition.”
Ms Hehir said that it costs too much money to keep horses and the ones they which find are “not valuable” animals.
“The worst of it is off the road away from where the general public might see them,” said Ms Hehir, who said that with the bad weather, horses had been left with no fresh water and had to drink the muddy water from flooded land.
She said that Tipperary Friends of Animals paid e88 for each of the horses they had put down in Templemore in the past two weeks, but pointed out that they do not remove the dead animals.
“We deal with it, but we don’t remove it,” she said.
The issue of putting horses down in Templemore was also raised by Mayor Martin Fogarty at this Monday’s meeting of Templemore Town Council.