These shocking photos show the sickening level of cruelty visited on a pregnant mare and a pony left to die an agonising death in a field in Balgaddy, Clondalkin.
My Lovely Horse Rescue responded to a call about the emaciated mare – left dehydrated, starving, missing a hoof and in severe pain – only to discover a dead pony in a nearby ditch.
A video shared by the animal welfare charity on Facebook shows the horrific extent of the horse’s injuries, which resulted in her having to be put to sleep.
A MLHR spokesperson said: “The mare was lying on the ground, wrapped in a badly fitted rug, soaking right through. She was shivering in the cold.
“We gave her water, she drank a full bucket straight away.
“She clearly couldn’t move to find water and she was also starving.
“She was in a lot of pain and discomfort.
“Half of her hoof was sliced off including the pedal bone. It looked like her owner tried to patch her up with sudocreme and a bandage.
“We cried for this poor innocent girl. She was either pregnant or had just had her foal ripped from her.
“We need the public’s help to stop this cruelty.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact Ronanstown Gardai on 01 6667700.