Praise for locals who helped rescue injured donkey in Limerick

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Injured donkey
The donkey that was rescued from open ground in the Southill area of Limerick City.

The ISPCA has extended its thanks to people in Southill who helped capture a donkey that was suffering from severe injuries from a collar embedded in its head.

ISPCA Inspector Emma Carroll was investigating a report to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline when she found the donkey in the Southill area with a rope head collar severely embedded in its nose, chin and poll area.

“The smell of infection from the donkey’s face was so overpowering and he was visibly distressed. I immediately called for help and 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 recalled.

Unfortunately the donkey was not microchipped and the ISPCA is appealing to the public for information in relation to the its origin.

Injured donkey
The donkey that was rescued from open ground in the Southill area of Limerick City.

Inspector Carroll added: “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 ISPCA would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Donkey Sanctuary and the local people in Southill who helped catch the donkey.

“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, contact your local Gardaí” Inspector Carroll advised.

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