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Abandoned pony left in agony after face gets infected

This young pony called Lucky was found just in time to treat a horrific and infected facial wound.

The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) came to the aid of the abandoned two-year-old chestnut pony. He was rescued from a remote part of Sligo with a head collar embedded in his face.

"He was found to have a head collar very badly embedded in his nose. It was probably put on tight when he was a little bit younger, and basically his head had grown," said ISPCA Inspector Karen Lyons.


"Somebody would have put it on, not taken it off or adjusted it as his head grew, and this is what caused the horrific injury. As his head grew into the head collar, it would have created a burn or friction and started to swell, and the head collar would have become more embedded," she told the Herald.

"The wound was horrific, completely down to the bone, and hugely infected around the front of his face," she said.

"A head collar, generally is what people would use to lead their horse around with. It is something that is very commonly used, but the message we would be trying to get out is that head collars shouldn't be left on long-term on horses," the inspector said.

"He has gone through an awful lot, and an awful lot of pain over a long, long period of time, but he is so good, and very friendly and he is only young."

A kind family had contacted the ISPCA National Animal Cruelty Helpline after noticing him straying in the Sligo area.

Inspector Lyons responded to the call and Lucky was taken to the charity's National Animal Centre in Longford where he has been receiving veterinary care for his wound.

The wound had to be cleaned and the young colt had to receive painkillers.

However, thanks to the expert care he has received, Lucky has made a good recovery over the past two months, although there is still an indent on his nose.

"He is very handsome and would make a great children's riding pony," the inspector said.

"We are very excited about his future."

The ISPCA are now looking for a good home for Lucky.

"It is not clear at this time where Lucky came from," said Ms Lyons.


"A number of ponies had been seen roaming the area some weeks back. Most of these animals then disappeared but it appears that Lucky was left behind."

She added it is obvious that he was well handled at some stage in his life.

The ISPCA are investigating the matter, but the fact that Lucky was not identifiable is making progress difficult.

He was not microchipped making it very difficult to establish how he came to be in this position.