A donkey has been rescued after a deeply disturbing video circulated online last week.
In the video the animal can be seen struggling as it's dragged by the neck alongside a car in Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
It is clear the donkey is in distress but the people in the car continue driving. Even when the person taking the video pleads with them to stop.
An investigation was opened by Gardaí following the incident. Thankfully, the donkey along with six other animals were seized and are now safe. They are receiving care at Donkey Sanctuary Ireland.
For anyone concerned about the donkey being dragged by a car in the video shared yesterday afternoon, we can confirm that we assisted with the seizure of this animal, & 6 others. Edenderry Garda ask witnesses to contact Tullamore Garda Station on 057 932 7600 pic.twitter.com/aLUGGtSDX4
— The Donkey Sanctuary Ireland (@DonkeySancIre) January 21, 2023
Speaking to Spin, Dr. Cyril O'Sullivan of the ISPCA says the event is "deeply disappointing" but there is a "significant amount" of animal cruelty in Ireland.
He is pleading with the public to contact the charity if they are aware of any cases of abuse.
As well as this, Dr. O'Sullivan says he hopes to see the government "toughen the laws" in relation to animal cruelty in the country.
The investigation remains open under Section 12 and 13 of the Animal Welfare Act and Gardaí are also asking anyone with further information to come forward.