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18th Dec 2017

Donkey with horrific head injuries rescued by the ISPCA (Warning: Graphic Images)

Alan Loughnane

This article contains images which may upset some readers…

A donkey has been rescued in the South hill area of Limerick City after a report was made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline.

The concerns were raised over a donkey with a head collar which was found to have been severely embedded into the donkey’s nose, chin and poll area.

ISPCA Inspector Emma Carroll investigated the incident and immediately the donkey was removed into the care of the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre where he received urgent veterinary treatment before being transported to the Donkey Sanctuary.

Inspector Carroll said, “The smell of infection from the donkey’s face was so overpowering and he was visibly distressed.

“This is an injury caused by sheer neglect, lack of observation and care on an owner’s behalf. There is absolutely no excuse for the pain and suffering caused to this defenceless animal.

“It is paramount owners check the welfare of their animals daily. It is also a stark reminder why rope should never be used to make head-collars as they can cause horrific injuries.”

The donkey was not chipped and the ISPCA are appealing to the public for information about the donkey’s origin.

Warning: The images below may upset some readers.

The ISPCA said that if you suspect an animal is being cruelly treated, neglected or abused, or if you see something suspicious, please contact the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or report online. In case of an emergency, please contact your local Gardaí.

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