Starvation and Neglect of Animals in Ireland Due To Recession
The USPCA Rescued 70 Horses from a Farm near Mallusk in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.
The conditions at the farm were described as “Appalling” and many Animals were Malnourished and filthy. The USPCA Organisation was called to the farm a week ago by the Police but could not remove the animals until now because of Legal difficulties.
USPCA Officers were at the site providing Food and Veterinary Treatment for all the Horses until their Legal Ownership could be established. A Number of Carcasses were also found at the Farm. It is understood a man who had been living alone at the property has health problems and is now undergoing medical treatment.
Distressing images of emaciated and filthy horses, standing in their own excrement, were released by the charity following the Rescue, which was carried out in conjunction with the USPCA’s colleagues, the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Crosskennan Lane Animal Sanctuary and Holly’s Horse Haven.
A number of Decomposing Carcasses were also found at the site.
As with all the Animals Rescued, these Horses Stephen Philpot from the USPCA said: “As The result of the over population of Horses, a severe shortage of fodder and the lack of essential veterinary care, they were the latest victims of the recession in Ireland.
“An economic downturn that has seen equine assets transformed into living liabilities. Already a huge drain on the resources of the USPCA, the scale of financial commitment needed to relieve the suffering of these and other neglected animals will inevitably increase as the recession bites”.
He added: “Without our intervention these Animals would not have survived the winter that lies ahead. We will do our utmost to ensure they find new homes with families who appreciate the time and financial commitment required”.
Mr Philpott thanked colleagues who had assisted with the dramatic rescue, which he said was the largest equine rescue in the USPCA’s 1oo-Year History.
Operation is the Largest Horse Rescue ever carried out by the USPCA (Ulster Society of Prevention of Cruelty) to Animal in its 100 Year History.
Stephen Philpot from the Charity said the logistics of dealing with so many Animals needing care really tested his Organisation. He said they had sought assistance from a number of Horse Sanctuaries, and had even called on the help of the DSPCA Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Mr Philpot said the Horses could have been removed from the Farm Immediately if the ords “Conditions Likely To Cause Suffering” were included in Northern Ireland’s Animal Welfare Legislation. “There has been a week of completely unnecessary delay here in trying to resolve this situation legally.”
“Because we haven’t got proper legislation we have had to work through various agenices, work through various legal scenarios, until we were finally able to legally get definition and ownership of these Horses established and get them over into the care of the USPCA.” “That’s a big flaw in that legislation and if ever you had an advert for proper legislation, this is it,” he said.>/span>
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