Seven horses found dead at Clonburris

by Gazette Reporter

THE discovery of seven dead horses on land at Clonburris has prompted calls for a regulated system for horse ownership.
People Before Profit Councillor Gino Kenny has called on all parties to resolve the situation with abandoned horses in Clonburris, after seven horses were found dead in the space of a few days last week.
All of the horses found were on privately-owned land, which is commonly known as Clonburris Little.
The lands have been used over the past 20 years to graze horses.
Cllr Kenny, who is working closely with the newly formed Clondalkin Equine Club, said: “The situation at this present time is completely unacceptable and unsustainable in terms of the welfare of the horses.
“There are horses there that have to fend for themselves with very little food, water and practicably no shelter.
“This has led to these poor horses either starving to death or so desperate to escape that they have died in trying to do so.”
In one incident on St Patrick’s Day, Dublin Fire Brigade was called to help a stranded pregnant mare which was stuck in a ditch.
Local people, including Cllr Kenny, helped to free the animal, but, unfortunately, it died that night.
“The short-term solution is to assess the health of the remaining horses that are in the fields,” said Cllr Kenny.
“The long-term solution is that all parties come up with an equine management plan for horse owners in Clondalkin, and work with the newly formed Clondalkin Equine Club – otherwise, we will face the same situation next year.
“The vast majority of horse owners in Clondalkin are sickened by what is going on in Clonburris, but also feel passionately that a solution has to be found in addressing the issue.”
In response to the situation in Clonburris, the Irish Horse Welfare Trust and the Clondalkin Equine Club held a de-licing and de-worming programme free of charge at the site.
Cllr Kenny added: “South Dublin County Council’s policy of simply impounding horses is failing in Clondalkin.
“I’m hoping that out of this desperate situation, we can find a solution.
“It will take some lateral thinking on the part of all civic bodies to address the issue.
“This has to be [done] in conjunction with horse owners to not let this horrendous catalogue of events happen again,” he said.
South Dublin County Council representatives had not responded to a request for comment by the time of going to press.

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