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20-12-2019, 16:09   #1
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Is the number of loose urban horses - and potential neglect - on the rise?

We'd like your help with an investigation into just how bad the problem of urban horses is across Dublin and if it is getting worse, so any help you can offer would be really appreciated!

Over 2,000 horses were seized by local authorities in Dublin since 2015. With just over 25% being either rehomed or returned to their owners across the country, this leads to the majority of those seized horses being euthanised. With the cost of seizing a horse between €500 to €1,000, Dublin councils have forked out up to €2 million on the control of horses in a four-year period. We want to find out where this money is going and if it could be better spent.

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Urban horse? Why cant we call them what they are? Kn%&kers Ponies, Piebalds and the like.
You should not be able to have a license for animals like these unless you are either renting or owning enough land (> than one acre
) and not using publicly owned land.

Lets deal with real issues like animal cruelty and Sulkie races.

Look its after 6pm and Pavee Point is closed for the weekend
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I work in West Dublin where this is a huge issue.

Saw a tiny shetland pony pulling a cart with about 5 fat travellers coming up from the back road at the prison.

Another time a horse dropped dead on the Coldcut road under a sulkie.

Lots of abandoned horses in the fields near Clonburris. They've starved to death on many occasions..

Shut down Smithfield, shut down Ballinasloe.

I honestly dont know how MY LOVELY HORSE RESCUE cope. They are amazing people facing such daily cruelty.
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Why limit this to Dublin. There is a problem countrywide.

Perhaps the underlying causes are similar?
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A herd of about 8-10 horses often loose in Wicklow town in the Greenhill Road area. I suspect that they have no fixed address.
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