Harrowing video footage of a horse being relentlessly beaten and flogged by the intoxicated driver of a sulky on a city street has been seen by the Kilkenny People.
The innocent animal was brutally lashed and repeatedly hit with a stick, which was almost three metres in length. The horse spins around in circles in terror and fear as the driver continues to beat him indifferent to the pain he is causing.
The shocking video has again served to highlight the problem of how horses are treated in this county. At a meeting of the Kilkenny Joint Policing Committee on Monday, Garda Superintendent Padraig Dunne told councillors that, in general terms, gardai in Kilkenny have made arrests where people driving sulkies had alcohol taken.
In an unrelated incident on Tuesday morning, another horse was killed after being hit by a car on the city’s Waterford Road. The driver was shaken but uninjured. It’s the second traffic accident on the stretch of road in which a horse was killed in five months. In June, a horse had to be euthanized after being hit by a car while being used in a sulky race.