Westmeath has had an increase of 15% on equine distress case calls comparable to the same period last year (December to February), according to the ISPCA.
The organisation has experienced an overall national increase on equine related calls of 26%.
Nationwide the number of calls received is now more than 1,890, all related to neglected or abused horses, ponies and foals, and above its estimated figure by 13%.
Members of the Irish Army Equitation School, along with model Roz Purcell, a keen horse rider, are helping the ISPCA with its 2013 Hay Drive, which calls for support from the public to help the ISPCA feed, care for and rehome the horses, ponies and foals.
The ISPCA is urgently asking people to donate online or to text HAY to 57802 to donate €3 to help fill the ISPCA hay barn (€3 will buy a bale of hay and feed a neglected horse for a day).
The ISPCA is a non-profit organisation completely reliant on public donations which is pushed to the limits in trying to cope with the number of abused, neglected and abandoned animals.
Campaigns like the Hay Drive help raise essential monies to help deal with the daily realities of animal welfare. The harsh reality is January to March the ISPCA have a deluge of horses, ponies and foals who have been left in the cold, on grassless waste land, ignored and dumped.
Please support the ISPCA Hay Drive by donating €3 for a bale of hay. Text the word Hay to 57802 or donate online at www.ISPCA.ie to help.
For more information please contact Liz McGonigal 087 3777335 or office 01 6697684 and email firstname.lastname@example.org or Grace O’Brien, ISPCA fundraising manager on 086 7969876 or office, 01 4003614 and email Grace@ISPCA.ie.