A horse has had to be put down following a road traffic incident in Kilkenny City in broad daylight this afternoon.
At around 3.30pm, Gardai attended a call at Ormonde Road where they found a horse in an injured state.
A Kilkenny People photographer who was also at the scene, described how passersby, including tourists, attempted to comfort the young animal in its distress. A vet was also called, and it was deemed necessary for the horse to be euthanised.
Gardai have said they are following a definite line of enquiry. As a result of initial investigations, a sulky has been seized.
Gardai are seeking the assistance of members of the public who may have witnessed the incident or have any information that may be of help with the investigation. Contact Kilkenny Garda Station on 056-7775000.