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Table 3 Number of horses euthanised by the practicing veterinary profession on medical grounds, or at the request of owners, the Gardai and local authorities

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

  2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Vets 69 70 75 77 77 79
Total euthanised 174 190 203 230 229 237
Medical Conditions 159 (91.3%) 180 (94.7%) 192 (94.6%) 215 (93.5%) 199 (86.9%) 209 (88.2%)
Owner request 10 (5.7%) 7 (3.9%) 8 (4%) 10 (4.3%) 24 (10.5%) 13 (5.5%)
Gardai or Local Authority request 5 (3%) 3 (1.4%) 3 (1.4%) 5 (2.2%) 6 (2.6%) 15 (6.3%)