‘Distressed’ donkey abandoned in field prompts animal cruelty investigation

Animal cruelty investigations are underway following the discovery of a donkey in a distressed state in a field on the Longford/Cavan border, according to An Garda Síochána.

Gardaí were alerted to a donkey who had been abandoned in a field at Tullygullion, Kilcogy, Co. Cavan, last Tuesday evening (February 2).

In a statement on the matter, Gardaí based in the western division said: “When rescued, the animal was unable to walk on its hooves because they had grown so long and were curling up.

The donkey was left in this field without the permission of the landowner, and enquiries are continuing in an effort to establish ownership of the donkey.

Gardaí in Granard, Co. Longford, are investigating the incident and are appealing for information which may assist them in identifying who placed the donkey on this land, and the owners of this animal, it was added.

“Those with information can contact Granard Garda Station on: 043-6687660 or their local Garda station.”

The donkey has been taken in by the Hungry Horse Outside charity, which is providing rehabilitative care and is hopeful of rehoming the animal.

Image source: Garda Síochána Western Region

Hilary Robinson of Hungry Horse Outside said: “This was a serious case of neglect and cruelty of this donkey.

“There are supports available to owners, from surrendering the animal to a sanctuary, to help being made available to those who are genuinely trying to look after the animal. There is plenty of advice and guidance available to owners,” Robinson stressed.

There is a common misconception that donkeys are ‘hardy’. There is an absolute need to support and give adequate care, proper shelter and feeding throughout the winter as well as regular farrier visits to prevent horrendously painful situations such as this.

“It is also a legal requirement for all horses, ponies, donkeys and mules to be microchipped and have a valid passport.”

Robinson advised that the donkey’s future is now bright and he will have his hooves corrected by a farrier.