A group of rescuers have been left devastated when a pony they had been caring for passed away, after suffering horrific injuries allegedly caused by a gang of teenagers who had beaten the poor creature.
On Sunday in West Dublin, a small grey pony that was named Jenna was discovered with “lumps all over her body” and “her face swollen”.
Despite rescuers staying up all night with the pony as they desperately tried to save her life, the pony that was thought to be just three-years-old passed away in the early hours of Monday morning.
According to people in the Clondalkin area, a young boy was seen being “very aggressive” whilst on Jenna’s back and they called the police after witnessing the disturbing scene.
The witnesses believe that the boy is aged around 15 to 16-years-old and he was apparently hitting the pony on her back and sides.
The pony had been spotted in Adamstown, near the Grand Canal, by a man who had been out walking at the time. After hearing the news, a group of volunteers from the local charity My Lovely Horse Rescue (MLHR) went out in search of the injured horse.
Co-founder Martina told Dublin Live: “We didn’t think it at first but she had been beaten badly when we got back to the van we had the vet waiting for her, and he said she’s been beaten really badly, and from couple of the cuts that she did have, she could have septicemia.”
After the pony was examined, she was put on a drip and given antibiotics by the rescuers. The rescuers then divided the night into hourly shifts so that Jenna could be taken care of and have someone by her side.
However, at around 1 am, the rescuers noted that she was struggling to breathe and had become restless and irritated. She then lay her head on a bed of straw and passed away.
Martina said: “We called the vet, but by the time he got there she had died already. She died very peacefully.
“She was only about three-years-old, and she shouldn’t have died. It’s just insane.”
The vet confirmed upon arrival and an examination that Jenna’s injuries were consistent with that of being trampled.
MLHR is now calling for Jenna’s attackers to be found and held accountable for the horrific crime they committed.
To help My Lovely Horse Rescue, who are in the process of appealing for donation for vet bills, click here to check out their GoFundMe page.
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