Report an Incident

For Urgent Cases:

Try to include exact location, a photo if possible and as much information as possible and contact the following agencies:

  1. Email info@mylovelyhorserescue.com or send a direct message via Facebook* 
  2. Contact your local Garda station in person if possible with a photo/location info, or if not, call them.  They are responsible for enforcing the Animal Health & Welfare Act and the Horse Control Act.
  3. Contact the Department of Agriculture Cruelty Helpline - they have paid inspectors to deal with animal welfare and can deal with issues on private land.

    Call Save: 0761 064408
    Phone: +353 1 607 2379
    Email: animalwelfare@agriculture.gov.ie

    The Dept of Agriculture helpline is manned over the holiday period from 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). At all other times it will divert to a recorded message and messages left will be monitored regularly.

  4. These agencies also have paid inspectors to deal with animal welfare:

    Dublin:
    Contact the DSPCA
    +353 1 499 4700 - choosing option 1
    Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.00 pm

    Rest of the Republic of Ireland
    Contact the ISPCA

  5. If the horse is on public/council land, contact your local council.  Most have a horse control department or contact their environment department.  Contact information for Dublin councils:
  6. If you are angered by the situation, make sure to contact your local TD/county councillor to let them know.

*We are a team of volunteers, all with our own day jobs, so we will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible.

What To Do If a Horse Has No Water/Food:

  • If the horse has no water  - find a basin and fill it with water and keep it topped up.  
  • If the horse has no green grass to eat - buy good quality hay online (e.g. Done Deal or go to the The Corn Store in Ballyfermot and buy some.
  • Do not give a horse feed/bread/potatoes, as they may have dietary problems.
  • Good quality hay is the safest food to give a horse.
  • Always be careful around horses, as they can be dangerous if scared or spooked.