STATEMENT ON RECENT HORSE CRUELTY INCIDENT IN CLONMEL – CLLR. MARTIN LONERGAN

by admin on 24/05/2018

I want to join with everyone in the total condemnation and indeed was shocked and sickened following the emergence of further footage of horse cruelty in Clonmel yesterday. In any decent society and indeed community, selfish, inhumane acts such as these cannot be tolerated. Therefore, it is now time that the following three initial steps begin;
 
1. Support for Deputy Mattie McGrath’s Private Members Bill aimed at comprehensively addressing the growing problem of illegal Sulky Racing on Country roads,
2. The introduction of an Animal Welfare Officer in County Tipperary,
3. Quarterly inspections of areas where horses are knowingly kept to ensure they are been treated in a proper manor, micro chipped and that they have the proper facilities in place with the required amount of land (rented or owned).
 
As Superintendent Willie Leahy said, I would also urge members of the public that may have been in the Heywood Road area of Clonmel yesterday and may have further information on the horrendous event which took place, to please contact the Gardaí in Clonmel on 052 6177640.
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1 Radek Dąbrowski May 24, 2018 at 6:19 pm

Martin, referring to point number 2 above. There is already a qualified ISPCA inspector with statutory powers here in Tipperary, how about you give her some proper support instead of having a single white female going around in a van on her own and expected to drive into halting sites and challenge these people single-handedly with almost no support or backup. It is disappointing that you are unaware of this or any other of your comrades were ever able to offer her any support in any way, and it takes something like this to make you sit up and call for what is already available?? I hope we never see the day where there is an incident with the inspector and she is injured or worse while dealing with these people, we will all be having a very different conversation then!!!

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