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"I Don't Care Who They Are. They Should Be Arrested And Their Horses Taken Off Them": Cllr Slams Sulky Racing After Dead Horse Found Submerged In Water Along Athy's Blueway

Image supplied to Kfm by a local passer-by

Initially mistaken for discarded rubbish bags by a passerby, the grim scene has raised serious questions about safety and regulation in the area.

"I don't care who they are. They should be arrested and their horses should be taken off them. It is disgusting behaviour and should not be accepted."

That's according to Cllr Brian Dooley after a dead horse, tethered to a sulky cart, was discovered submerged in water along the Barrow Blueway in Athy.

The discovery was made by locals approximately 500 metres up from Cardington Bridge. 

Initially mistaken for discarded rubbish bags by a passerby, the grim scene has raised serious questions about safety and regulation in the area.

The individual who made the discovery expressed shock and confusion regarding how the horse ended up in the water.

He also highlighted potential dangers posed to pedestrians, particularly families with young children, by reckless sulky racers.

Cllr Aoife Breslin said plans for installing gates along the Blueway are underway in collaboration with Waterways Ireland to prevent such incidents.

However, concerns persist about the enforcement of existing bylaws and the potential need for legal amendments to bolster regulations.

While the circumstances surrounding the horse's death remain unclear, it's understood that the animal was "spooked".

Residents and officials have called for prompt action, condemning the disregard for safety and the disruption of the environment.

Cllr Brian Dooley urged Gardai to arrest those responsible and revoke their privileges of owning and racing horses.

As discussions continue on enhancing safety measures along the Blueway, attention has been drawn to the facility's infrastructure and oversight shortcomings.

Residents have emphasised the need for comprehensive measures to ensure the safety and longevity of the pathway.

The man who discovered the horse - identified as George - said: "Why wait for the big accident? Now is the time to address it."

 

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