Gardai & Council seize 78 horses from lands at Newcastle Road

November 17, 2012 by  
Filed under Lucan

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.”


Lavelle secures granting of enforcement powers on horse control for DSPCA

March 21, 2011 by  
Filed under Campaigns

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (DSPCA) have expressed their ‘delight’ after Cllr. William Lavelle, Fine Gael councillor for Lucan successfully secured designation of three DSPCA inspector as ‘authorised officers’ under the Control of Horse Act 1996.

Cllr. Lavelle states: “Last Summer we had the horrific problem of over 80 horses being abandoned on lands at Fonthill and Balgaddy, along the railway line between Lucan & Clondalkin.

“Many of these horses had been originally bought by children and teenagers for as little as €8 at the Smithfield Horse Fair but eventually ended-up neglected and abandoned on lands in West Dublin and unfortunately many of the horses were so neglected they had to be put-down by either council vets or by the DSPCA.

“While South Dublin County Council officials fulfilled their duties diligently and professionally, it nonetheless became apparent to me that in order to better address the problems of abandoned horse, the DSPCA should be given statutory enforcement powers under the Control of Horses Act so they could enter private lands and seize abandoned or neglected horses. Up to now, DSCPA inspectors could not enter lands or seize horses unless authorised by Gardai and this often involved a cumbersome process which was proving far too slow and inefficient.

“At the February council meeting I tabled a motion seeking “that in accordance with section 3 of Control of Horses Act 1996, the council designates inspectors from the Dublin SPCA as ‘Authorised Officers’ as defined by the Act, for the purpose of supporting South Dublin County Council in meeting it’s responsibilities under the Act and to allow the DSPCA to more effectively undertake it’s duties in relation to horse welfare.” My motion was passed unanimously by the council and at last week’s March council meeting I received confirmation that three DSCPA officers had now been officially authorised under the law.

“I am happy to have been able to invoke this authorisation. I hope this will prove another important step in tackling the horse problems in West Dublin and I wish the DSPCA all the best in their ongoing good work.

Orla Aungier, DSPCA Operation Manager, has expressed her ‘delight’ at this development while Liam Kinsella, DSPCA inspector has said this authorisation “will make their job an awful lot easier”and that “this is something they had been looking for a long time”.