Calls about neglected abandoned horses have been as frequent this winter as any other since the recession started and “Ireland’s Equine Crisis” was born.
If an economic recovery exists it has clearly not started to have any positive effect on the lives of many of Ireland’s horses. Even the arrival of the Animal Health & Welfare Act 2013, which many of us fought for, has done little to nothing to help animals in need.
And so it continues, that tragic part about being involved in animal rescue, in order for a neglected animal to be seized it has to be left to suffer until it reaches the appropriate physical condition for a successful seizure, unless of course it is owned by someone who is approachable and willing to change their ways.
When people contact us to say they have been feeding a neglected/abandoned animal and is there anything we can do we have to say ‘no’ because due to the fact that they have been looking after it the physical appearance of the animal is healthy. Basically the law says for us to help them we need you to ignore them and let them suffer – how wrong is that! Sadly leaving animals suffering until they have reached the necessary stage of neglect also means that they can vanish just as you are about to rescue them …
There is no doubt it has been a bad winter and we are well aware that people continue to struggle financially BUT please it only costs the price of a few phone calls to seek help if you are no longer in a position to care for your animals.
As a small voluntary rescue we are doing as much as possible to help as many as we can but with limited resources, and so many already in our care relying on us, we sadly now have to say “no” to all non-urgent calls.