A horse lay in agony in a field for three days until a vet was finally called to put the animal out of its misery, a local man has claimed.
The incident took place last weekend in a field within five miles of Kilkenny City.
The man, a member of the public who wishes to remain anonymous, noticed the horse lying down in a state of considerable distress on Thursday morning. Thinking it was perhaps in foal, he left the animal alone.
Passing the field later that evening, he noted that the horse appeared to be gone. In the light of Friday morning, however, he says he saw a track from the middle of the field.
“It looked like something heavy had been dragged; it was like a wide steamroller track, around 100 yards, in the frosty grass,” the man told the Kilkenny People.
Then on Saturday, the same passerby heard an animal groaning from the ditch, and on closer investigation, it turned out to be the same horse.
He called the KSPCA, who were quickly on the scene. After inspecting the animal, the KSPCA decided to call a vet.
The vet determined the best course of action was to put the horse down, given its condition.