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Table 14 Central Government Statistics on total national Local Authority seizures, releases and euthanasia of unwanted horses

From: A demographic survey of unwanted horses in Ireland 2005-2010

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 TOTAL
Seized 714 762 908 1,099 1,465 2,364 7,312
Disposed 208 191 246 385 n/a n/a 1,030
Returned/Sold n/a n/a n/a n/a 443 643 1,086
Returned to Owner n/a n/a n/a 10 n/a n/a 10
Slaughter      21 589 610
  1. (n/a-not applicable. The method of recording was re-classified from 2008 onwards)