The ISPCA are seeking the owners of a two-year-old pony who was found with massive injury to its neck. The trotting pony, nicknamed “Sunny” by its carers, is believed to have been abandoned by its owners.
“We believe that this poor animal was dumped because its owners would not seek the veterinary attention that it needed,” said ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley. “There is no excuse for this and we are very keen to trace those responsible.”
The inspector was responding to a call regarding a trotting pony in the Pettigo area last week when he made the grim discovery: He found a 2-year-old bay Trotter with a massive injury to its neck that involved considerable muscle and tissue loss.
Inspector McGinley immediately summoned a veterinary surgeon and began to conduct local enquiries. Through his investigation he established that there was no link between the animal and the owner of the land on which it was found.
It is believed that the pony was abandoned, most likely due to its injury and the medical attention it required.
The attending vet was confident that the pony could be treated, despite the extent of the wound, and arrangements were made to take the pony to the National Animal Centre in Longford. Further veterinary assessment indicated that there was no major damage to arteries, tendons, ligaments or vertebrae.
Staff at the centre have named the trotter Sunny because if his sunny disposition.
“He is so kind and gentle with everyone he meets and very happy in himself, considering what he suffered,” said Cathy Griffin, equine supervisor. “His wound must be thoroughly washed and cleaned daily and he stands quietly for all his treatment despite the pain he must be feeling. Sunny is a very special little pony.”
Staff believe that Sunny will make a full, if slow, recovery, and that he will be available for adoption in the future.
Inquiries are ongoing to trace the person responsible for abandoning Sunny in this condition. Anybody with information is asked to contact the ISPCA National Animal Helpline on Lo-call 1890 515 515.