Farmer guilty of cruelly beating and torturing dog in Dingle.
The Kerryman, 2/7/1999
A Dingle farmer who killed two Labrador dogs because he alleged that they had been savaging his sheep was fined ₤100 in Dingle District Court on Friday.

A Dingle farmer who killed two Labrador dogs because he alleged that they had been savaging his sheep was fined ₤100 in Dingle District Court on Friday. A witness told the court that she saw farmer Patrick Curran of Green Street, Dingle hitting the dogs with a large block of wood or stone and that one of the dogs was screaming. A charge against Michael O’Sullivan of Reenbee. Lispole for aiding and abetting was dropped. Using a pair of binoculars Ms Riordan saw two dogs in the field and could not see any sheep. She saw the men catch one of the dogs and pull it into the corner of the field, where it was put on a lead. She saw them had difficulty getting the second dog on to a rope and into the side of the field. She saw the man in question beat the dog with a piece of wood or rock; he was bent over the dog and absolutely hammering the dog. When she saw what was happening to the second dog and heard the screams she jumped into the car by the time she got to the field the dog had been taken away. She returned to the scene later on and found tissue matter, blood and general mess where the dog had been she walked through the field and saw no evidence of sheep being damaged, she saw a large piece of wood with blood on it. The judge said he was satisfied that Patrick Curran hadn’t told the truth either to the Gardai or in court.