Horse killed after horror ‘sulky’ smash

Mary Cody & Sam Matt

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Mary Cody & Sam Matt

A vet had to be called to euthanise a horse at the scene of a traffic accident on the Waterford Road this afternoon, after the horse broke free from a sulky and smashed into an oncoming vehicle.

A vet had to be called to euthanise a horse at the scene of a traffic accident on the Waterford Road this afternoon, after the horse broke free from a sulky and smashed into an oncoming vehicle.

The incident happened at approximately 2.20pm on the Waterford Road (close to Kilkenny Rugby Club). It is understood that the driver of the vehicle was not injured in the incident.

The badly injured animal was put down. Gardai were alerted and immediately went to the scene, but it’s understood the driver of the sulky had left.

The leas Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny County Council Pat McKee said the manner of the animal’s death was disgraceful.

“I visited the scene myself and saw the pony dead on the side of the road,” he told the Kilkenny People.

“The message needs to be clear: The ill-treatment of animals coupled with the total disregard for the safety of drivers and other road users should be followed by the imposition of severe criminal sanctions.

“I will be contacting council officials and the Gardai to see what we can do to help eradicate such incidents in the interests of animal welfare, and the protection of both animal and human life.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or saw a sulky being driven on the Waterford Road this afternoon is asked to contact Kilkenny gardai on (056) 777 5000.

ISPCA chief executive, Dr Andrew Kelly, this weekend called for an end to sulky racing following an incident in Tipperary town where a pony was left badly injured after crashing off a road into a fence.