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Abused horse found with two broken legs in Hillview estate

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The abused horse was found on Dec. 9 in Hillview estate, Ballyguile in Wicklow. The horse was in pain and could not get to his feet because he had suffered two broken legs, believed by a veterinarian to be the result of abuse.

The big horse was discovered around 4:00 p.m. in dire condition. A veterinarian had to be called and the horse was euthanized.

At this writing, it is not certain how the severely broken legs happened but it is assumed that the root cause was animal abuse. One report is that the horse was beaten up by a group of people in anger. Another circulating report is that the horse was reluctant to get out of a trailer and several men forced him out. As a result, he fell out and sustained the broken legs. Neither scenario is acceptable in any way and, ultimately, the horse had to be put down.

Wicklow Town Councillor Garrett O’Reilly spoke with He said that this sort of occurrence was now too commonplace and was unacceptable. People have become afraid to step forward with information. He reiterated that he welcomed any information regarding the horse and intended to relate it to authorities. Meanwhile, long-term solutions for horse management are being discussed in Wicklow.

Police is investigating this event and seek further information.

People should know that the majority of horses impounded these days are put down. There is simply not enough money or land to cope with the numbers of abandoned horses and a long-term solution is needed. O’Reilly said the majority of horses brought to a pound are put down.

The source states that only eight horses remain in Hillview estate. They are receiving care and sustenance from the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.

It is important to note that “long-term solutions” generally give horses the short end of the stick.

Please read update: More information released about beat-up horse

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