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Responsible Urban Horse Ownership must be Enforced – Holland

21 February, 2019 - by Sarah Holland

Sinn Féin South Dublin Cllr Sarah Holland has condemned irresponsible and cruel horse owners, following reports of a horse left to die tethered to a gate in the Dublin Mountains.

The distressing image of a dead horse attached to a gate with a blue rope has left members of the public outraged.

Cllr Holland said:

“This is not the first time such a cruel death has been dealt out to horses in this county.  Councillors made calls last year for a task force on urban horse ownership to be set up following reports of a dead horse on Stocking Lane.

“Treating these animals with contempt and cruelty has to stop.  The by-laws have to be enforced.”

The latest instance of horse cruelty followed a question submitted to South Dublin County Council by Cllr Holland on how many horse seizures had been made in 2018.  A shocking 147 horses were seized in 2018, with 108 of those euthanised. 

Cllr Holland continued:

“The number euthanised has reduced, and the council have invested substantial sums in Equine centres to support young people in responsible horse ownership.

“However, any number of horses being euthanised because of neglect is a shame, and cruelty to animals is truly sickening.  I would urge people not to buy horses that they don't have the time or resources to manage. I would also ask members of the public to report any loose, straying or cruelly treated animals to the council on 01 4149000.”

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