Repeated incidents of animal cruelty in Dublin South West must not be ignored

Horse Cruelty South West Dublin

According to Lahart, Emaciated horses among apparent cases of animal cruelty on the rise in parts of Dublin.  Local Fianna Fáil TD and Spokesperson for Dublin, John Lahart has said that
stricter enforcement of the laws surrounding the ownership and upkeep of animals, particularly horses, is essential to alleviating the rise in number of incidents of animal cruelty in parts of Dublin.

The ongoing mistreatment of horses in some Dublin communities has continued to escalate and local animal welfare charities have continued to share their concern of the rise in number of incidents relating to emaciated horses that they have been forced to deal with.

Deputy Lahart commented, “We are a country that is traditionally well known to breed some of the best horses in the world, yet it emerged earlier this year that between the years 2013-2015, over 2,000 horses were destroyed across Dublin due to severe neglect and mistreatment. This was at a cost to the taxpayer of over €1 million.

“Local animal charities are being forced to improve the welfare of a growing number of horses being abandoned on land and by the roadside in our community. It’s apparent that the South Dublin County Council’s horse by-laws are not being effectively enforced. There needs to be stricter sanctions enforced upon those who mistreat and neglect horses in our area. He added, “I therefore very much welcome the establishment of a horse welfare working group in a collaborative effort between South Dublin County Council and Dublin City Council.

“It is a job for us all to help identify ways of being tougher on where horses can be kept in order to avoid reckless ownership. We must also do more to remind owners that they have a responsibility to provide for the welfare needs of the animals in their care. “Educating young people how to take care of horses and the huge level of work involved with their upkeep will help change the attitudes of those contributing to the systematic abuse and neglect of animals,” concluded Deputy Lahart.

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