Tuesday 22 January 2019

Terrified foal is rescued after falling into manhole after falling down mn after falling down manhole

These were the dramatic scenes when a foal was rescued after it fell into an open manhole.

The drama unfolded when the foal wandered in behind some trees and stumbled into the hole which was obscured by vegetation.

Luckily for him, the field backed on to a school in the Ratoath area of Co Meath and the caretaker was alerted by the frantic calls between the stricken foal and its distressed mother.

The alarm was raised and Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) inspector Elaine Whyte attended the scene.


Working with a local vet and volunteers, the rescue operation swung into action.

Sections of fencing were removed to give access to the area and a digger was brought in. Straps were secured around the foal and it was slowly and carefully hoisted up through the small opening.

A veterinary exam revealed that it had no major physical damage and it was quickly reunited with its mother.

"This was an unfortunate accident," said Ms Whyte. "The hole was small and nearly impossible to see," she said.

Further checks on the foal showed it is doing well and not suffering any ill-effects from its ordeal.

The hole it fell down has been securely covered.

"I would like to thank all those involved in the rescue," the inspector said.

"Without their efforts, this positive outcome would not have been possible."

Meanwhile, earlier this week the ISPCA appealed for information in relation to a terrier puppy found wandering on the Dublin Road in Portlaoise on September 17.


The dog, now named Missy, was discovered by a good Samaritan who immediately realised that there was something wrong and took it to a local vet for treatment.

On examination it was revealed that a tight cord had been tied around the dog's tail as a form of tourniquet and the tail had been cut off.

The area under the base of the tail had swelled up due to the trauma inflicted.

After initially making the dog comfortable and administering first aid, the veterinary staff later sedated Missy and cleaned and stitched the wound.

fdillon@ herald.ie

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