Abandoned foal given second ‘chance’ by ISPCA

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A badly treated horse foal has been rescued by the ISPCA in Sligo.

HORRIFIC: The wounds that Chance suffered were horrific, however, the ISPCA say he is recovering well
HORRIFIC: The wounds that Chance suffered were horrific, however, the ISPCA say he is recovering well

The foal, who was given the name ‘Chance’, was recovered from the Clarion Road after reports of abondonment and neglect were made to the ISPCA.

The foal was suffering extensive wounds on both sides of the neck, which it is thought were over a week old, were only centimetres from the vertebrae in his neck.

It is hoped that the vertebrae will not become infected but he has a long road to recovery ahead.

Karen Lyons, an inspector from the ISPCA, described to the Sligo Weekender what state Chance was in when she came upon him.

“He was very, very weak and he had no head collar. In the holes there was swelling and a bad smell so we removed him from the area immediately,” she said.

The wounds to Chance are extensive, however, Karen said that he is “flying and recovering really well.”

The hope is to now find a home for the 7 month old foal. Chance was not micro-chipped and local enquires have not revealed an owner or what happened to cause such horrific injuries.

Anybody with any information is asked to contact the ISPCA’s National Animal Helpline in confidence on 1890 515 515.

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