Tipperary gardai investigating video of alleged animal cruelty

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Animal cruelty incident in Tipperary

Gardai are investigating the incident which occurred at Heywood Road Clonmel on Wednesday

Gardai have appealed for witnesses in relation to a video of alleged animal cruelty in Tipperary which has been circulating on social media overnight.

The incident occurred at the Heywood Road, Clonmel on Wednesday at around 4pm after a passing motorist stopped her car to film the incident.

The graphic video shows two young men releasing a young horse from a sulky. The animal is later shown collapsing to the ground and dragged to the side of the road.

The video, which has been viewed over 47,000 times, has also been shared thousands of times on social media with widespread condemnation of the treatment of the animal.

Gardai in Clonmel are now appealing for anyone who may have witnessed an incident involving an animal that occurred on the Heywood Road in Clonmel yesterday at about 4pm. Any person who witnessed anything in relation to the incident is asked to contact Clonmel Garda Station at 052 6177640 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. 

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) is currently working with the Gardaí to investigate the incident and has renewed its call for the regulation of all horse drawn vehicles on public roads.

An ISPCA spokesperson said:  “It is not acceptable that any animal is pushed to the point of collapsing. Anyone who owns an animal has a legal obligation to provide for their welfare needs and a failure to do so can result in them being held to account”.

Last year's discovery of a number of emaciated and dead horses in the Knocklofty area of Clonmel was described as one of the worst instances of animal welfare neglect ever encountered. 

Up to eight horses were found dead in Knocklofty in Clonmel in December 2017 with a further 17 horses discovered at the Clonmel site removed by the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) compound in Cork for re-homing.