Gardai & Council seize 78 horses from lands at Newcastle Road

November 17, 2012  

Joint operation in response to community safety and animal and welfare concerns highlighted by Cllr. Lavelle

Cllr. William Lavelle, local councillor for Lucan, has this week welcomed a joint operation by Gardai by South Dublin County Council which resulted in the seizure of 78 horses from lands at Newcastle, between the 12th Lock and the Polly Hops. The Gardai and Council were supported by the staff of a horse pound in Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny to where the animals were taken. Only one of the horses was legally chipped and registered as required by the Control of Horse Act. This information was provided to Cllr. Lavelle in a briefing by Lucan Gardai.

Cllr. Lavelle stated: “I welcome this joint operation and I wish to thank both Gardai and the Council for responding to my concerns about horses being kept illegally on these lands. Many of these horses were being ill-treated and ridden in a dangerous fashion along Newcastle Road and in the nearby Finnstown estate. This is the third time that the council has seized horses from these lands at my request, but this has been by far the largest operation to date.”

“This operation was aimed at improving community safety and addressing animal welfare concerns.”