"Appalling treatment of an animal".
Councillors have called for an investigation in Cork after a young female horse was left to die in the middle of the street having reportedly collapsed of exhaustion.
According to the Evening Echo, witnesses say drivers of the sulky cart the horse was attached to removed the harness and walked away, leaving the horse behind.
Sin Féin Councillor Thomas Gould said: “Every day there is sulky racing taking place in Cork. Up in Ballyhooley Road, Kilmore Road, Mahon, and the Straight Road.”
“Last year there was a major round up and something similar needs to be done.”
Fianna Fáil councillor Ken O’Flynn described the incident as “revolting behaviour by anybody’s standards”.
“I believe at this stage that we need a full assault on the individuals that are causing the problem. People putting up their hands and saying they don’t know anything about it and it’s not their animal is not acceptable.
“Cork City Council needs to penalise those who are treating animals in an appalling condition and we need to introduce sulky bylaws, the same as Kilkenny, to ban it from our streets and take those animals into care.”
— David Browne (@Browniebuoy) March 27, 2018
ISPCA inspector Lisa Donovan has called on the public to report any incidents of animal cruelty such as this.
She told the paper: “It is not acceptable that you have young kids going out there driving a horse into the ground and then just walking away.
“We need the public to be vigilant and we need the public to stand up and say: ‘look this isn’t on, this isn’t going to be accepted’.