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new home Offaly man fined for pleading guilty to animal cruelty after his pony was rescued by ISPCA

Nash the pony was found with severely overgrown hooves

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An Offaly man was fined €1,000 and ordered to pay €750 in costs after pleading guilty to animal cruelty.

Eugene Cleary with an address at Derrinclare, Shinrone, Co Offaly appeared at Nenagh District Court after his pony was rescued by ISPCA.

The incident occured in January 2021, when his black pony, named Nash, was rescued with severely overgrown hooves from a field near Cloughjourdan, Co Tipperary.

The animal was then transported to the ISPCA’s National Animal Centre in Longford for urgent farrier treatment and a veterinary examination.

Enquiries by ISPCA Animal Inspector Emma Carroll identified Mr Cleary as the owner after he initially claimed that he had never seen the pony before.

Cleary claimed that he had a farrier tend the pony’s hooves every six months but there had been a delay due to Covid and his farrier being ill.

X-ray results confirmed that Nash had “chronic laminitic changes” but in ISPCA care he received regular farrier treatment and made an excellent recovery.

“It is sad and unacceptable that Nash had to suffer needlessly due to the lack of basic equine knowledge and understanding of his owners,” Chief Inspector Conor Dowling said.

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“Thanks to a vigilant member of the public for contacting the ISPCA to highlight this issue, we were able to alleviate his pain and prevent further suffering.”

“Nash now has a far better quality of life in his new home where he is loved and cared for,” he added.

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