'Severely burnt' horse carcass found

Published Friday, 29 November 2013
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The discovery of the severely burnt carcass of a horse in Dublin has been condemned by an animal welfare charity.

'Severely burnt' horse carcass found
Gardaí are investigating the grim discovery. (© Getty)

It is understood the animal suffered extensive injuries and died after it was doused with petrol and set alight in the Fettercairn area of Tallaght on Wednesday.

Gilian Bird, from the Dublin Society of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA), described the state of the carcass.

"Our inspectors went out on site, they were with the guards and with the County Council. They discovered the carcass of a horse that had been seriously burnt - very, very seriously burnt.

"The Inspector said that it would have taken a great amount of added fuel to actually burn the horse to this extent. The colour of the horse is pretty unrecognisable as a result of the burning," she said.

"DSPCA are appealing for anybody with information they can give us [to come forward] - because we would really like to try and prosecute someone for this."

Gardaí want anyone with information to contact them.

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Jean Watt in Ballymena wrote (139 days ago):
What cruelty to that poor horse. How could any human being do the like of that. It really annoys me about the suffering at present to poor horses. Starving them to death seems to be the norm but it is now burning them to death. How sad.
c in belfast wrote (139 days ago):
This absolutely disgusting! What a sick sick world we live in! Whoever did this needs locked up!
Ryan in Belfast wrote (139 days ago):
Disgusting act of cruelty, every effort must be made to track down the "people" who did this. Far harsher sentences must be handed down to those who commit animal cruelty, sentences today are a joke.
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