Dublin City Council’s Animal Welfare Unit has posted shocking images of the remains of four dead horses on Facebook in an attempt to shed light on issues related to horse welfare in Dublin.
A Facebook post that comes with a warning that the “photos are disturbing and of a sensitive nature” show the skeletal remains of one horse and the body of another.
The Social Welfare Unit wrote under this post: “Yesterday we removed the carcasses of four dead horses on Dublin City Council land in Park West on the northern edge of Ballevermott.
“The horses were there for a long period of time. As soon as we received the report we arranged for the immediate removal of the horses.
“We are publishing this to show the unfortunate circumstances and outcomes of issues relating to horse ownership and horse welfare in Dublin City Council.
“Please before you become a horse owner, make sure you have a place to keep your horse safe, happy, well-fed and loved for its life.”
The charity My Lovely Horse Rescue, which is involved in an ongoing effort to rescue and repatriate animals across the country, called the images “appalling”, adding, “This is a serious problem across this country.”
“The Dublin City Council Animal Welfare Unit is the first within the council and MLHR works with this unit to help, educate and stop the abuse, neglect and suffering of horses and other animals in Dublin City,” they posted.
“It is out of control. The government and the Ministry of Agriculture need to step up efforts and support DCC, Gardai and rescue operations (services).
“Summer has approached the birth of many foals, some of no value, and their fate worse than death.
“Prosecutions have to be carried out, (along with) huge fines, forced shredding and passport. No more excuses like: ‘I sold it, not my problem’, forgiveness.”
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