The ISPCA has taken two ponies into care from a field in south Westmeath.
Local people in the area had raised concerns that the animals had been left there some time ago and that no one appeared to be providing water or food for them.
An ISPCA Inspector who investigated the case said if it wasn’t for the intervention of local people who brought food and water, and the fact that the ponies were of a hardy breed, they wouldn’t have survived.
Investigations are underway in an effort to find the owner and anyone with information is being asked to contact the National Animal Cruelty Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515 or email [email protected]
ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley says the organisation is obviously continuing to respond to emergencies but services are stretched.
He says the work is continuing though while taking care not to breach restrictions that have in put in place to slow the spread of coronavirus: