Horse left tied to tree 'put down'

Published Friday, 21 February 2014
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Police are trying to trace the owner of a horse which had to be put down in west Belfast, after it was left tied to a tree on an embankment and was injured when the ground gave way.

Horse left tied to tree 'put down'
The horse was found in the Glen Road area of west Belfast. (© Kevin Scott)

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The state of the animal was reported to police on Friday morning and officers attended the scene in the Glen Road area of the city.

According to a PSNI spokeswoman, the horse was found to be in a "poor condition".

A vet was also called to the scene.

Following an examination, the decision was taken to put the animal down at the roadside.

It is understood that the horse had been tied to the tree and struggling for days.

Anyone with information about the owner is asked to contact police at Woodbourne PSNI station on 0845 600 8000.

© UTV News
Comments Comments
Alan hegarty in East Belfast wrote (343 days ago):
Derek we r not all bad so shut it!!! Y did they have to put it down on the side of the road and the owners need prosecuted and banned from keeping animals ever again.
philip in lisburn wrote (343 days ago):
think whoever done this is despicable, but there is someone who knows who it is, but of course its only a horse, should be ashamed
John Watt in Antrim wrote (344 days ago):
UTV could not find it in their hearts to publish my little comment about this sad case. You just ignored my comments and it just shows how UTV treat an ordinary person. You have treated me, a law abiding citizen with contempt. Oh Well it just shows me what you think of my comments. If I was slandering someone, maybe you would show it. JohnWatt
Ryan in An Dun wrote (344 days ago):
Sick, cruel people. I really hope the person responsible is caught and dealt with.
M in Belfast wrote (344 days ago):
Derek in portrush, everyone is in agreement that this is a despicable , disgusting thing that has happened, i would also agree that surely someone noticed something and should have acted. Please dont make such a sweeping generalistaion though about belfast or its people, its unfair. Lots of people from belfast visit portrush all year round and would take offence at your comment. Dont tar everyone with the same brush.
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