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The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ISPCA) has rescued a foal that was found to have a severely embedded headcollar, causing discomfort and leaving him with open wounds.

A report was made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline, and ISPCA Inspector Elaine Reynolds investigated.

Attending the scene at Trim, Co. Meath, Inspector Reynolds found the foal in extreme discomfort as the headcollar was heavily embedded across the nose and back of the head. The wounds had become very infected and were in grave need of veterinary attention.

The foal was brought to the ISPCA National Animal Centre where an equine vet carefully removed the headcollar, exposing the injuries.

“I was glad to have gotten to the foal before he suffered any further, there could have been serious consequences if he did not receive veterinary treatment in time,” said Inspector Reynolds.

The foal, now named Pitstop, is making excellent progress at the ISPCA National Animal Centre, where his wounds are healing well.  Investigations are under way to trace his owner, but he will be available for fostering once he is fully recovered.

The ISPCA has many horses and ponies looking for permanent foster homes. For further information, visit http://www.ispca.ie/rehoming/horses_rehoming