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€932,000 spent on seizing and destroying Dublin horses-Cllr. Daithí Doolan

23 March, 2015 - by Daithí Doolan

It has been revealed that €932,000 has been spent on seizing and destroying horses by the four local authorities in Dublin for 2014.

The shocking figures were revealed in a recent presentation organised by Cllr. Daithí Doolan to the Dublin South Central Area Committee of Dublin City Council.

 Cllr. Daithí Doolan said:

 “My Lovely Horse Rescue Group is a voluntary group and its presentation showed how the group rescues horses from abuse. The group also provide training, education and practical support to young horse owners. 90% of the horses found by this group are nursed back to health and put into new homes. 

“Contrast this with the response by local authorities, out of 1,022 horses seized only 45 are re-homed, while 946 are destroyed. Adding insult to injury this comes at the massive cost of €932,000 to the public. The seizing costs €459,000 while the euthanising costs €473,000.

“To simply round up horses and destroy them is not dealing the real issue. The real solution is to provide education and training to these horse owners. This could be done at a fraction of the €973,000 bill the public are currently paying.

“The four local authorities and the Department of Environment need to get their priorities right and should fund the horse rescue work. It is more humane, more cost effective and more sustainable.”


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