Heartbreaking last moments of pony beaten to death by Dublin teens
An animal charity is calling for justice for a defenceless pony who died after a brutal assault at the weekend.
My Lovely Horse Rescue (MLHR) co-founder Martina Kenny discovered Jenna, a small grey pony, battered and bruised in west Dublin on Sunday.
The three-year-old equine was taken in with “lumps all over her body” and “her face swollen.”
Jenna was rescued by MLHR and brought to their farm but she sadly succumbed to her horrific injuries on Monday morning, Dublin Live reports.
She was spotted in Adamstown, near the Grand Canal, by a man out walking, who gave MLHR a message late on Saturday night.
Poor Jenna was left out by herself in a grove among trees near the canal.
Three MLHR volunteers headed down to search the area, but couldn’t locate her as it was late in the evening and quite dark.
But in the early hours of Sunday morning, with the assistance of Lucan Gardai, two volunteers found her with her head drooped heartbreakingly low and her body in a horrendous condition.
“She was weak, really really weak,” Martina told Dublin Live. “Her head was low.
“The mad thing was, her face was swollen, her body had lumps and bumps on it, not cuts but lumps.
“We didn’t think it at first but she had been beaten badly, when we got back to the van we had the vet waiting for her, and he said she’s been beaten really badly, and from couple of the cuts that she did have, she could have septicaemia.
“He put her on a drip for a while and then gave her really strong antibiotics and painkillers for the pain in her head.”
Once Jenna was brought back to the rescue farm, the volunteers provided round the clock care in hour-long shifts all night.
About one o’clock, Jenna’s breathing began to get very laboured, and she finally lay down, after initially pacing around and acting agitated and in pain.
“She laid down and rested, and we had a massive bed of straw for her so her poor head could be comfy, and she, basically, just died right there in front of us,” Martina recalls.
“We called the vet, but by the time he got there she had died already. She died very peacefully.”
“She was only about three years old, and she shouldn’t have died. It’s just insane.”
People have since contacted MLHR after they posted about Jenna’s passing on Monday to say they saw her in the Clondalkin area being beaten.
One person, who said she called Gardai when she witnessed the horrific abuse, said a young kid was on her back riding her and being very aggressive with her.
“A bigger kid, about 15 or 16, came over, with some object in his hand, and saw quite clearly her being beaten on the back and on the side,” Martina recalled.
Jenna is distinctive due to her slight stature, grey coat, and spectacled look, and upon her discovery the vet who was present said her injuries were consistent with being trampled.
And Martina believes the “horrible group” who assaulted her need to be punished for the heinous attack.
“She has been living in Clondalkin, and we know it,” Martina said.
“Two people have seen her being bashed, and others have been in touch to say she was in Clondalkin.
“There wouldn’t be many around that look like her.
“If you’re going to have a horse, look after it. If you can’t look after it, call us. We say it every time. We’re always helping if needed.
“We don’t want anyone leaving an animal to suffer, but this time it wasn’t that.
“There was a horrible group of people bashing that animal, and they should be held accountable.”
Irish Mirror/ 2nd July 2020