September 28, 2020

Petal the injured and abandoned pony rescued from Wicklow’s Sugarloaf Mountain

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has rescued an injured pony which they’ve named Petal from the side of the Sugarloaf mountain.

Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said they responded to a call made to the ISPCA’s National Animal Cruelty Helpline by a concerned member of the public and walked a vast area of the mountainside, covering nearly eight kilometres before locating the pony.

“The pony, now named Petal, was struggling to walk and every step she took caused her pain. I needed to act immediately to get her to safety so I contacted the nearby Irish Horse Welfare Trust (IHWT) for assistance,” Chief Inspector Dowling said.

Despite being injured, Petal didn’t understand that help was at hand and efforts to secure her with a head collar were unsuccessful.

So, while waiting for aid to arrive, Conor slowly herded Petal towards the car park.

He was joined by a Veterinary Inspector from the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine and a representative from the IHWT.

Along with members of the public the team were able to patiently guide Petal straight into a waiting horsebox and to safety.

A subsequent veterinary examination revealed that Petal had a severe infection and an injury.

She requires medication and box rest and the coming weeks will be critical to her recovery.

“I was several hours on the mountain but it was so worthwhile to see Petal safe and to know that she would get the veterinary care and pain relief that she urgently needed. I just hope that we were able to reach her in time,” Conor added.

Enquiries are continuing to try to identify the owner of the pony as she was not microchipped, which is a legal requirement.

“It is my belief that this unfortunate pony was dumped on a mountainside because she was injured and the person responsible for her care didn’t want to pay for her veterinary treatment. If anyone has any information about how she came to be there, we would very much like to hear from them.”

If you have any information to assist the ISPCA’s investigation, please contact us at 1890 515 515 or email in confidence.


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