Stop Leaving Animals to Starve in Winter

Dog by Chris Barber

Target: Chief Executive of the County Wexford Council, Tom Enright

Goal: Prosecute owners who neglect horses, donkeys, and dogs by letting them starve through the winter.

Many animals struggle to make it through the winter each year, and perhaps none know this better than the neglected animals in North Wexford. From as early as November, the animal welfare inspectors working in this area receive several calls regarding suspected animal cruelty cases. In many of these instances, owners of horses, dogs, and donkeys neglect them to starve throughout the winter.

Oftentimes, the owners leave horses and donkeys on publicly owned lands, which do not provide enough grass and water to feed the large animals. Other times, the animals are left in remote areas where they remain undiscovered until a passerby happens upon them, or until the animal dies. These animals are not strays. They are owned by members of the North Wexford community who are obligated under law to provide animals with five freedoms, including freedom from hunger and thirst, and freedom from discomfort.

Dogs have also become victims of neglect and abuse in the North Wexford area. The NWSPCA reports incidents of dogs tied out in back gardens to risk the winter cold alone. Reports also include finding dogs locked in cars and sheds, covered in filth and reduced to flesh and bone. At least half a dozen of these cases occur each year, and often times the inspectors enter premises in fear for their lives.

Your decision to sign this petition is the difference between starving or surviving the winter for many North Wexford animals – big and small. It also urges the County Wexford Council to do more than provide lip-service by enforcing animal cruelty laws, and prosecuting owners found guilty of abuse, and intentional neglect.


Dear Chief Executive of the County Wexford Council,

In spite of impressively proactive rules put in place to protect animals from abuse and neglect, the lax in enforcement of these laws causes many residents to flout them. As a result, every year many animals do not make it through the winter due to owners’ failures to provide adequate food, water, and shelter. These animals are not strays. They belong to North Wexford residents who are obligated under law to spay or neuter their animals and microchip them, as well as provide food, shelter, and water.

The North Wexford SPCA in particular reported severe cases of animal cruelty in the region, and has pleaded with residents to take greater responsibility for their pets and livestock. These volunteers often put their lives in danger to respond to urgent reports about animal abuse that could be avoided if the laws in place were being enforced.

I urge you to put more effective plans in place to monitor and ensure the enforcement of animal cruelty laws in North Wexford and the wider County Wexford area before the end of winter. Please assist these brave volunteers with their selfless work. And more importantly, help prevent the causeless death and suffering of innocent animals.


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Photo Credit: Chris Barber

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  1. We have the same problem in France. These individuals are often either sociopaths or in dysfunctional families. By intervening through animal welfare, you may also be able to extend help to children and abused spouses. It is the perpetrator that must be stopped, no matter who is the victim. Moreover, hit the perpetrator(s) so hard on the pocketbook that they will never wish to have another ‘pet’. Let fines start at 5000 pounds and upwards to 15% of yearly income for life, no matter whether on welfare or not. Given the police bonuses as part of the fine program. It is a very unpleasant task to uncover abuse. It should be rewarded.

  2. People who leave animals outside to freeze should be forced in chains to stay outside and freeze too, animal abuse will never stop unless there are real punishments

  3. sandra mason says:

    cats need help, too!!!!

  4. michelle taylor says:

    The death penalty is required to be implemented for all POS animal abusers.I am willing to help implement any payback re animal abuse.

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