Horse project needed for Cork City says TD as animals found abused and left for dead


Cork City will need to have a Horse Project, just like these in Dublin which have helped city horse homeowners and their animals to have a extra constructive expertise, Cork City TD Thomas Gould has mentioned.

Sinne Fein’s TD for Cork North Central has backed a name just lately made to Cork City Council by his get together colleague Cllr Mick Nugent.

And each representitives say the necessity for a correct scheme to help and educate younger folks specifically – and defend animals – is urgently needed given latest instances of horrible neglect and deaths of animals.

In critical instances, educated welfare officers or skilled volunteers from charities such as My Lovely Horse might be empowered to intervene and take animals to a protected shelter.

Teachta Gould mentioned:“There are serious issues with animal welfare in Cork city.”

“Just last week a horse was found dead on the streets.”

“A number of people have contacted me who had reported the treatment of this horse to various organisations. The horse was being neglected and abused. It should have been rescued but instead was found dead.”

Deputy Gould said there is anger and sadness in the communities where people witness the neglect and mistreatment of animals.

“People are really upset about this understandably. It is not fair on the animals, it is not fair on children seeing horses in these conditions and it’s not fair on communities.

He said one answer could be a dedicated Horse Project for the city, similar to those which have proved to be very successful in parts of Dublin and Limerick, where the Horse Education Limerick Project Southside (HELPS) has done great work with owners and animals.

In many cases, young people have been helped into careers in the racing industry and other sectors, through their involvement in such projects.

“In areas like Clondalkin in Dublin, Horse Projects have been really successful in changing the way these animals are treated and bringing a reduction in the neglect of them,” said Deputy Gould.

“They also teach young people how to properly care for, and get enjoyment out of animals like horses.“

“We really need one of these projects in Cork city. It could make a real difference to the treatment of animals because it has gone on for too long now that these horses are neglected.

“Bringing school children, youth organisations and community groups into these kind of projects can have much wider positive benefits. They give children and young people opportunities they may never have, especially children from urban areas.

“That’s why it doesn’t make sense that there isn’t one in Cork city.”

Cllr Mick Nugent mentioned he has raised the difficulty with Cork City Council quite a few instances and that the Departments of Education and Agriculture may work with Cork City Council to get it executed.

“What we want to see is these projects that aren’t just educating kids about the horses but also how to treat the horses. It gives kids prospects both through employment and in areas like racing.”