WATERFORD Animal Welfare rescued two ponies from Fiddown, one of which was in severe pain as a result of its head collar being embedded into its skin.
A vet spent an hour removing pieces of the collar which the animals skin had begun to grow over, after a member of the fire service used specialist equipment to cut off some of the collar.
The pony was brought to UCD, in Dublin, for specialist treatment as the animal may be at risk of a bone infection. The two ponies suffered neglect at the hands of their owner, the collar hadn’t been checked in some time and they were both covered in lice. The second pony is in better condition and has been taking to WAW shelter.
Chairman of WAW, Andrew Quinn said, “The neglect of animals is getting out of hand. The Gardaí are investigating and urgently want to speak with the owner of the animals.”