A Sligo man has been ordered to pay €500 to an animal welfare charity or face jail after a young horse was found abandoned with severe injuries.

The case related to a seven month old colt foal with horrific neck injuries which was abandoned on waste-ground in Sligo town in January 2015.

ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons responded to a call from a concerned member of the public at that time and found the young animal in a great deal of pain.

Both sides of his neck had suffered massive puncture wounds which were badly infected and he was clearly in an extremely weakened state.

The foal, named Chance, to be taken into the care of the local equine sanctuary, Sathya Sai, where he received intensive veterinary treatment.

"The wounds on both sides of the neck, which it is thought were over a week old, were only centimetres from the vertebrae in his neck and there was a risk of infection spreading to the spine," the ISPCA said.


Although Chance was not micro-chipped further enquires by Garda Claire O’Brien revealed the owner and a Garda prosecution was initiated.

Despite his horrific injuries, after some treatment Chance was in good spirits and his wounds quickly improved.

ISPCA Inspector Lyons said thanked gardaí for their investigation.

"When I arrived on the scene he [Chance] was just standing there lifeless on his own in the middle of the car park. He must have been in an awful lot of pain and didn’t have the energy to move," she said. 

Members of the public should continue to report animal welfare concerns to the ISPCA by contacting the National Animal Cruelty Helpline on 1890 515 515 or report cruelty online in confidence on www.ispca.ie/cruelty_complaint.