The number of horses that have had to be dealt with by Louth Local Authorities, because they no longer have legal or responsible owners, has dramatically increased since the economic recession started.
In a report on the control of dogs and horses in the county, Mr Garrett Shine told members of Dundalk Town Council that this year alone one hundred horses have been abandoned in Louth.
A huge number of these animals have to be destroyed.
Cllr Dearey found this figure very alarming but congratulated the council on the success in finding homes for dogs taken to the county pound.
It stands at 90 per cent.