Cobh Rescue Horses Annual Fun Day at Cobh Pirates Rugby Club

By Seamus Whelehan

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An East Cork Animal Welfare Charity has warned that the County is facing an equine crisis, and the Government needs to take strides to find a solution.

Cobh Rescue Horses has said their Annual Fun Day this Sunday, 9 June needs community support now more than ever after the Charity was forced to take in 10 abandoned horses in a fortnight.

The not for profit charity is seeing no abatement in the neglect and cruelty of unwanted horses, as the number of homeless equines continues to grow.

“It’s non-stop, and you think you’ve seen the worst until you see the next case. Legislation is there but it’s not being enforced” said group spokesperson Tara Murphy.

Ms Murphy has said a traceability system introduced in legislation would reduce the number of strays if it was enforced.

Tara was speaking ahead of Cobh Rescue Horses Annual Summer Fayre this weekend, from 2:00pm at Cobh Pirates Rugby Club.

Last year the event attracted a record number of visitors, and the fundraiser will once again offer a great day out for families to enjoy.

Entry to the Fayre is €5 per adult and children under 18 are free.

Celebrating their fifth birthday this year the Cobh Charity has rehomed 160 equines since 2014, and a further 30 are being cared by the group as they await their forever home.

The self-funding Charity has confirmed they will have even more activities this year with live music, hot food and children’s play zone including bouncy castle and spinning cups.

There will also be a petting zoo, games and toy stalls and a chance to meet and greet some of the Charity’s ponies.

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