The residents of Hill View beside Ballyguile in Wicklow, and everyone who heard about the case of the beat-up horse, are outraged at the horrific death suffered by an unfortunate mare. The attack on the horse occurred in mid-afternoon on Sunday, and more information is being released daily. My source, Sunday World, wrote about the latest developments on Dec. 11.
According to Crime Desk reporter Shuki Byrne, about eight horses were getting unloaded out of a horse box or vehicle and turned into a field, but this particular mare would not budge. It did not want to get out. It was then that the “group of men became violent.”
Said an unidentified Irish Horse and Welfare Trust spokesperson,
When it refused to get out, the car drove off which sent the horse shooting out the back and it collapsed on the road. They then beat it to get up, and it was beaten quite badly because it was so distressed it wasn't able to get up.
Officials were called as well as a veterinarian. The vet found that the horse had suffered such severe injuries that it had to be euthanized.
Many people witnessed the incident and were angered. The spokesperson said,
It was an extremely barbaric case and the cruelty was unimaginable.
Perhaps the worst part in this dreadful case of animal cruelty is the fact that there were children who actually witness this attack on the mare. Then, too, the mare had a young foal that stood over his dead mother for hours after she was beaten to death.
It is critical that people who witnessed the incident give a statement so prosecutions can be pursued. The case is most distressing and officials are treating it very seriously.
Hopefully the foal has a chance at life and will not be euthanized as so many other horses located on public lands.
Source: Sunday World Crime Desk
Please also read author's original article just after the incident went public: Abused horse found with two broken legs
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