Cases in 2006

Cat was convulsed in agony on footpath

The Nationalist, 01/02/2006
The horrific scene of a cat convulsed in agony on a Graiguecullen footpath suffering a malicious death horrified passers-by this week.  see more

Crocodiles and snakes ‘destined for sale here’

Irish Examiner, 25/2/2006

Crocodiles which can grow up to three metres long were among a haul of deadly reptiles destined for sale here, it emerged last night.  see more

Baiters abandon mauled dogs - Interrupted by locals, owners flee from farmland in Muckalee

Kilkenny Voice, 14/3/2006

Bloodthirsty dog owners scampered and left their animals behind them when they were chased from farmland in Muckalee in North Kilkenny.  see more

Horror of pups nailed to door 'Slaughtered for yapping'
Irish Sun, 27/04/2006

Two yapping puppies were bludgeoned to death – then NAILED to a door.
Horrified gardai and ISPCA chiefs wee last night investigating claims that the killer was the dog's owner. He allegedly slaughtered the cute pair with a lump hammer.  see more

Warrant out for farmer on cruelty charges

Irish Independent, 07/01/2006

a warrant for the arrest of a farmer was issued yesterday after he failed to appear in court on charges of animal cruelty.

Concern has been expressed for the welfare of 30 ponies on the man’s land near Clonmore, four miles from the town of Edenderyy, Co Offaley.

Farmer Joseph McNamee (63) was not present when his case was called at a District Court hearing where he was to face two charges in relation to his treatment of animals.

Gardai were also seeking an order so that the ponies on Mr McNamee’s farm could be removed by them.

A herd of cattle was removed by gardai from Mr McNamee’s property before Christmas because of welfare issues.

Judge John Neilan said it appeared to him that Mr McNamee was either incompetent or incapable of looking after the animals.

The judge was also critical of the Department of Agriculture, which he said could have taken appropriate action to take the animals away.

An inspector for the Department was present in court and said that officials had already seized a herd before Christmas and that there was now concern about the food-stuff which had been left for the ponies.

Let me keep my ponies.

Cruelty farmer makes horse appeal.

Sunday World, 15/01/2006

The ageing farmer accused of cruelty to animals said he wants to keep his herd of rare Celtic ponies, despite being told he was to hand them over.  see more

Police seize fighting dogs after ‘training camp’ raid

Irish Independent, 07/01/2006

Around 60 dogs were last night seized by animal welfare and police officers as they raided a suspected training camp for fighting dogs.

  Pit bull terriers were among the dogs recovered during the operation in Co Down, about a mile from a puppy farm which was raided on Thursday night in Katesbridge.

  The Ulster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA) and police recovered around 100 dogs during Thursday’s raid.

  The puppies were rescued from appalling conditions during a six-hour overnight operation. The original raid was sparked when boxer dogs were spotted feeding from the carcass of a cow.

  It is understood equipment used to train fighting dogs was also discovered in yesterday’s operation.

  A USPCA spokesperson said yesterday’s find was significant. “There appears to be a lot more pit bull terriers around these days,” he said. “They have been used for dog fighting.

  “The operation is continuing and it is likely there could be more discoveries.”

Vets were called in to examine the puppies recovered from Thursday night’s operation on a farm building at Katesbridge.

  The puppies have been sent to various locations across Northern Ireland and also included Jack Russells and other dogs.

Tougher laws

The find has prompted politicians to demand tougher laws, including criminal convictions, for cases of animal cruelty.

  Meanwhile, Limerick Animal Welfare organisation has launched an urgent appeal for homes for more than a dozen Christmas puppies abandoned in just under a week.  At least 12 dogs have been found abandoned in various parts of the city and county since last Friday and foster homes or permanent homes are being urgently sought.

  One pup recovered two days ago is just 10 months old and was picked up after he was knocked down while wandering the streets.

  Anyone who can offer a home to one of the abandoned Christmas puppies can contact Limerick Animal Welfare at 087 6371044 or 061 336740.

Man who drowned kitten ‘a nasty piece of goods’

Irish Independent, 15/03/2006

A 26-year-old man repeatedly and violently threw a three-month-old kitten on the ground before drowning it in a lake, a court heard yesterday.

Brendan Sweeney, Crickamore, Dungloe, County Donegal had shown himself to be “a nasty piece of goods” according to Judge John O’Donnell who fined him €400 at Dubgloe District Court for cruelty to an animal.

The defendant blamed his actions on the trauma he was suffering after just breaking up with his girlfriend.

Garda Gerald Dalton received a complaint on June 20, 2005, from the owner of the kitten in Loughanure village who had been told by students in the house next door that her kitten had been killed the previous day.

He called to the house and spoke to a sister of the defendant who confirmed that her brother had killed the kitten. She told the garda he had “lost his head” and grabbed the kitten, throwing it on the ground a number of times with force, and then threw it into Loughanure Lake.

Some weeks later, garda Dalton questioned Brendan Sweeney about the incident. He said he had broken up with the mother of his child, who he was about to marry.

He had gone to his sister’s house where students staying there were playing with a kitten.

Sweeney said he picked up the kitten and carried it to the lake, it fell out of his hands a couple of times before he threw it into the lake.

Speaking afterwards, ISPCA area inspector, Kevin McGinley said he was happy with the conviction but disappointed with the leniency of the fine.

Man who drowned kitten ‘a nasty piece of goods’

Irish Independent, 15/03/2006

A 26-year-old man repeatedly and violently threw a three-month-old kitten on the ground before drowning it in a lake, a court heard yesterday.

  Brendan Sweeney, Crickamore, Dungloe, County Donegal had shown himself to be “a nasty piece of goods” according to Judge John O’Donnell who fined him €400 at Dubgloe District Court for cruelty to an animal.

  The defendant blamed his actions on the trauma he was suffering after just breaking up with his girlfriend.

  Garda Gerald Dalton received a complaint on June 20, 2005, from the owner of the kitten in Loughanure village who had been told by students in the house next door that her kitten had been killed the previous day.

  He called to the house and spoke to a sister of the defendant who confirmed that her brother had killed the kitten. She told the garda he had “lost his head” and grabbed the kitten, throwing it on the ground a number of times with force, and then threw it into Loughanure Lake.

  Some weeks later, garda Dalton questioned Brendan Sweeney about the incident. He said he had broken up with the mother of his child, who he was about to marry.

  He had gone to his sister’s house where students staying there were playing with a kitten.

  Sweeney said he picked up the kitten and carried it to the lake, it fell out of his hands a couple of times before he threw it into the lake.

  Speaking afterwards, ISPCA area inspector, Kevin McGinley said he was happy with the conviction but disappointed with the leniency of the fine.

Horror of dog found slashed

News of the World, 23/04/2006

Vets hope DNA testing will help track down the owner of a mutilated greyhound.  ‘Aoife’, whose ears had been cruelly hacked off, was found dumped in Tramore, Co Waterford.  The ISPCA’s Andrew Quinn said that the animal is recovering from its ordeal.

Heartless and cruel…how can anyone treat dogs like this?

Irish Independent, 21/09/2006

Animal welfare volunteers have described the discovery of two dogs in horrific conditions as an “all-time low” in 20 years of caring for abandoned animals.

  Both dogs are now in the care of Limerick Animal Welfare, and the organisation has appealed for donations to help keep them alive. Spolesperson Niamh Allen said that one of the dogs was in such a bad condition that the organisation was unable to confirm his breed, but believed he might be a poodle.

  The young dog – named Aesop after the writer of c6hildren’s fables about animals – was found wandering on the Cork/Limerick border. He was ravaged by mange, having lost nearly all the hair on his body, and was unable to open his badly infected eyes.

  Ms Allen said it would have taken many painful months of neglect for Aesop to end up in such a state.

  “His face was one of the saddest sights we have ever witnessed. His eyes were full of pain and he had to be the loneliest dog in the world.”

Another dog recently rescued by Limerick Animal Welfare – a lurcher named Lily – was suffering from malnutrition.

  Volunteers believe she was close to death when she was found. She had lost nearly all her hair from mange infection and volunteers believe that she may have given birth to pups recently.

  Ms Allen ha said there was no guarantee that either Lily or Aesop would live and appealed for donations to help look after them.

  It costs approximately €1,000 every day for Limerick Animal Welfare to look after up to 70 dogs and 40 cats that are currently in its care. The rescued animals are boarded in commercial kennels across the midwest region, but the first phase of a long-awaited sanctuary on lands purchased in Kilfinane, Co Limerick, is due to open next month.

  Phase one of the sanctuary is estimated to cost up to €500,000, and Limerick Animal Welfare is seeking donations to meet the shortfall.

  Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so online at or at the organisation’s charity shop at 12b Upper Cecil St, Limerick.

Satanic slaying

News of the World, 03/09/2006

Dog owners are fearful for their pets after a collie was killed in an apparent satanic ritual.  The dog’s remains, with its throat slit and head crushed, were found on an stone altar inside a spooky stone circle.  A walker made the gruesome discovery in a remote wooded area in Enniskerry earlier this week.  Now Wicklow SPCA are warning folk to keep family pets indoors.

  Noel Campbell of the animal welfare group said: “It seems the dog was bled dry as part of some ritual and then partly burnt.

  “I would urge people to keep an eye on their animals and not let them out unsupervised after dark.”

The authorities have destroyed the altar and the Gardai in Enniskerry are investigating.

Dog savaged by cruel torturers had to lose leg

Evening Herald, 23/05/2006

A three-legged dog – a victim of horrific animal cruelty – is the star of the show in RTE’s Animal Rescue tonight.

  The programme will recount how the DSPCA inspector Robbie Kenny came across boxer Jake who had horrific leg injuries and was severely malnourished.

  After finding Jake in such a painful condition, animal welfare officers discussed whether it was more humane to put him down – but they decided to amputate his leg instead and see if he would adapt.


And adapt he did as two-year-old Jake is now flourishing in the Ballycullen home of Gillian Duffy, her partner Richard and their 7-year-old daughter Erin.

  Gillian told the Evening Herald she was looking forward to seeing the programme which will feature Jake being found and give a happy ending to such a sad story.

  Tonight’s episode will see Inspector Robbie Kenny find the pup lying on the side of the road, bleeding to death.

  “I only know, from what the inspector told me, is that a girl rang him saying she found a dog lying on the side of the road and he was bleeding to death. She thought he might have been knocked down. But it soon became apparent that there wasn’t an accident.

  “He had been tortured and his leg wound was from someone searing him with a knife or he was caught in some kind of trap,” said Gillian.

  “When we got him, he was so thin. His ribs were protruding and it was awful. They don’t know where he came from but personally I think he was stolen from another family. When we got him, he was already house trained and had such a lovely nature. It was this nature that saved him. I was told they were actually going to put him down but his saving grace was that even when he was in so much pain, and was so badly hurt, he had such a nice temperament,” said Gillian.


Isn’t about time we gave these animals back their dignity?

Sunday Mirror, 16/07/2006

These are the humiliating stunts elephants are forced to perform to entertain Irish circus audiences.

  The captive wild animals – seen here at a Circus Sydney performance in Tralee – are made to hobble around on three legs, swing their trunks 360 degrees in time to music, balance on tiny stools and act as a climbing frame for humans.

  Between performances the elephants are chained to the floor or kept in an enclosure behind an electric fence.

  During the half-time break, the animals are chained to allow members of the public to pose with them for photographs.

  Some circus-goers complained to Gardai and animal welfare groups about their concerns for the elephants.

  One distraught circus-goer told the Irish Sunday Mirror he witnessed the elephants being whipped during the performance – a claim the circus denied.

  He said: “I thought their whole treatment and they way they are caged is appalling.”

A spokeswoman for Circus Sydney denied the use of whips and claimed the elephants are well looked after. She said: “We don’t use whips, even in training. We only use bags of sugar. Our elephants are well looked after and are only chained to the ground when we have to wash them. Otherwise they have a decent space enclosed by an electric fence which doesn’t do them harm. The ISPCA know us well and are happy with how we treat our animals.”

  Inspector Harry McDaid of Kerry SPCA said: “We did receive a complaint but having visited the circus prior to opening we were happy with the welfare of the animals. Some of our volunteers went to the first performance and saw nothing untoward. Whilst we don’t approve of animals in circuses these animals seemed well looked after. I had one complaint about a whip but none our volunteers saw it. But generally in circuses the whip is in the form of a stick used to direct the animal the way they do in India.”

  However, the Captive Animals Protection Society said it has been worried about the two elephants, owned by a German family, for some time. CAPS spokesman Craig Redmond said: “Any time we have gone to see these elephants they have been chained to the ground. These elephants are chained a lot. The pair have been in Ireland for a few years and I am very concerned about their welfare.”

  Bernie Wright from the Alliance for Animal Rights called for a ban on captive wild animals in circuses. She said: “The animals are generally kept in cramped conditions and spend a great deal of their time in trailers. And the training techniques of many circuses is questionable. Elephants made to swing their trunks round and round are being made to do something that doesn’t come easily to them and is painful to perform.”

  Circus Sydney travelled last year under the name Circus Oz but changed its name after legal action from a circus in Australia which had the same name.

  The Captive Animals Protection Society has long been campaigning against the use of animals in circuses.

  Mr Redmond added: “Many circus animals display signs of stereotypical behaviour – this is a mindless, repetitive behaviour thought to be caused by stress and suffering, in an unnatural and unstimulating environment. The most important thing anyone can do to end circus animal suffering is simply to avoid any circus using animals. Instead, visit one of the many excellent circuses that rely totally on human skills – there are many more all-human circuses than ones using animals. Circus owners will soon get the message. In the UK only eight out of about 35 or 40 touring circuses still use animals.

  But in Ireland most still have animals. There are about seven touring in Ireland and they all have captive wild animals. There were two non-animal circuses but I don’t think they are still touring.”

  Less than a month ago, the Irish Sunday Mirror highlighted the plight of two elephants belonging to Circus Vegas. Between performances in Belfast, the animals were kept on a rubble-strewn concrete wasteland at the former Harland and Wolff shipyard.

Swan Save: concern in Galway over ‘tame and trusting’ birds

Death of Claddagh swan being investigated

Irish Times, 02/08/2006

Gardai in Galway are investigating the apparent dismemberment of one of the swans from the Claddagh – home to the State’s largest flock of the birds at the mouth of the Corrib.

  The swan’s remains were discovered b8y a walker on the shoreside in the area known as “the Swamp”, close to the Claddagh, late last week. The carcase and entails were located near a group of tents which were pitched without authorisation on local authority land.

  The finding was reported to the Garda and to Galway and Claddagh Swan Rescue and several of its volunteers identified a trail of blood from the tent back to the Claddagh slipway. The 200 swans in the flock are very tame and congregate at the slipway to be fed and admired by the public, including young children.

  Gardai subsequently visited the campsite and it is understood that one man was questioned. The man subsequently said that he had found a dead swan and had decided to cook it and eat it.

  Suzanne Divilly of Galway and Claddagh Swan Rescue said the dead bird was a cob or male bird, who would have had a partner. “This was horrific, as these birds are protected under the Wildlife Act,” she said. “The Claddagh swans are so tame and trusting that all someone had to do was to put out their hand – which makes it even worse.”

Ms Divilly said it was the worst incident the voluntary organisation had come across in some time. However, she said that the body of a swan trapped in muslin was dug up by an animal – probably a fox or dog – in Rusheen Bay between Salthill and Barna two years ago. The organisation had also received reports of angling boats taking birds on Lough Corrib.

Galway city councillor Donal Lyons (Progressive Democrats) described the incident as a “new low” and said he hoped that the “full rigour of the law” would be applied to the culprit. Galway City Council said that camping was not authorised at the Swamp area, but the matter of bird protection would be one for the Garda.

Cow with serious wounds put down

Irish Times, 27/10/2006

Gardai in Salthill are investigating an attack on a cow which was found with both ears cut off outside Spiddal, Co Galway. The animal had to be put down after it was found with serious head wounds in what appears to have been a makeshift grave. A passerby alerted the Galway Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The GSPCA and gardai are appealing for anyone with information to phone (091) 56361 or (091) 521333

Ten poor puppies cruelly drowned

The Star, 13/10/2006

Ten tiny puppies have been found cruelly drowned in an old compost bag weighted down by a rock. The gruesome discovery was made by an environment activist close to the idyllic village of Clonegal in Co Carlow.

  The pups, barely a week old, were drowned in a natural pool in an area known as ‘The Sandpits’ c6lose to the village.

  “I could see the animals had been drowned. They were in a bag with a cement block,” explained the activist.

“It is incredibly cruel. Puppies and animals feel cold, hunger, pain and thirst, all the things we feel,” said an ISPCA spokesperson.

Asian man rebuked for dog cruelty

Irish Independent, 10/10/2006

An Asian student whose pet dog had to have a hind leg amputated as a result of “appalling cruelty” has been sharply rebuked by a district court judge.

  Judge Tom Fizpatrick ordered Marco Law of Assaroe View, Ballyshannon, Co Donegal, to pay up more than €2,500 when he appeared before him at Ballyshannon District Court.

  “The dog was in extreme pain. A rope had obviously been tied tightly around the leg which was grossly swollen and there was a very strong smell of decaying flesh,” he said.

Law, who studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway, admitted cruelty to the dog, a cross-bred collie called King, on November 30 last year.

Cruelty rap farmers jailed

The Star, 20/10/2006

A farmer convicted of animal cruelty has been sentenced to 28 days’ jail – while the State confiscates the entire stock of his farm.

  Martin McAndrew of Cornhill, Pollatomas north Mayo had earlier been ordered to dispose of all of his cattle and sheep within six weeks. But when he appeared again before Belmullet District Court he agreed he still had 25 sheep and 25 cattle, as well as “four pet sheep.”

  An Agriculture Department inspector who visited the farm on October 2 said many of the animals were lame, emaciated and blind.

  Judge Mary Devins fined McAndrew €500 for “cruel ill-treatment of a cow” and €200 for littering and sentenced him to 28 days’ jail so officials could confiscate the remaining animals. Recognisance in the event of an appeal was fixed at €3,000.

Dog fight verdict is overturned

Evening Herald, 30/05/2006

Two men today successfully had their convictions for cruelty to animals quashed at the Court of Criminal Appeal.  

Troy Jordan of Blackthorn Cottage, River Road, Allenwood South, Co Kildare, and David Deegan of Maplewood Park, Springfield, Tallaght, had been convicted of cruelty to two Pitt bull terrier bitches on October 31, 2003, at Naas, Co Kildare.

  Both men took a successful application for leave to appeal against the conviction to the Court of Criminal Appeal which quashed the conviction.

The incident in October 2003 involved two bloodied dogs fighting in a steel pen.

  The court held that there was no evidence of gambling or fleeing from arrest.  The Court of Criminal Appeal therefore took the view that the jury in the original case could not beyond reasonable doubt have come to a conclusion that there was encouragement on the part of either man.

  Mr Jordan had been originally sentenced to 18 months behind bars, while Mr Deegan had been originally ordered to pay €3,000 and received an 18-month suspended sentence.

Fighting dog found in GAA star’s home

Evening Herald, 21/04/2006

Police and animal welfare officials are investigating a top GAA star after a pitbull fighting dog was discovered during a raid on his house.

  Tyrone’s Ger Cavlan was caught in possession of the illegal terrier, dog fighting magazines, a detailed book of local fights, diet sheets and a treadmill.

  The dog found has been linked to the infamous underground practice of dog fights by animal welfare charity the Ulster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (USPCA).

  After the raid they said they were also extremely worried about the welfare of three more dogs they believe had been in the house.

  While the footballer has denied the ownership of the items he could now be prosecuted for having them in his possession.

  He could face not only a prison sentence – it is illegal to own pitbulls in Northern Ireland – but a hefty fine and a ban on keeling animals.

  In a statement from his solicitor, Mr Cavlan said that while he does keep dogs he did not own the one discovered during the raid at his Dungannon home last Wednesday night.

  The USPCA said that after inspection, a vet had found the male dog’s injuries to be consistent with the kind of wounds that would be inflicted during a dog fight.

Cattle fraud is broken up

News of the World, 26/03/2006

A cattle-smuggling scam that put the public at risk has been stamped out.

  Last week in a special court in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, a farmer who admitted moving livestock without having the animals stock without having the animals properly tested was fined €4,500 and ordered to pay €5,300 costs.

  The prosecution of William Cranston of Skerrymore, Drumacrib, Co Monaghan, was the last in a series of cases that arose from a countrywide crack down on rogue cattle dealers.

  A Department of Agriculture vet, Brian Flaherty said yesterday that racketeering in the livestock industry puts everyone at risk.

One of the most serious aspects is that brucellosis can be transferred from livestock to humans, he added.

Jockey held in fix claims

Evening Herald, 03/02/2006

An Irish jockey has been arrested in England by police investigating claims of race-fixing.

Dubliner Robert Winston (25) was interviewed by police after they called by police after they called to his home in the village of Huntington, near York.

  Officers from the City of London police travelled north to interview the Irish man as part of an extensive investigation which has resulted in 26 arrests.

  Winston was champion apprentice in 1999 and his top win so far has been the Cheveley Park Stakes which he won on Magical Romance last autumn.

Little pups tails were left to fall off

Evening Herald, 24/03/2006

Three puppies discovered by an animal welfare instructor at a Dublin home had their tails “docked” – and tow had tourniquets on them.  Two seven week old pups with tourniquets had very swollen tails while a third, 10-week-old pup, had already lost its tail.

  “Docking” withers the tail and causes it to fall off.

  DSPCA welfare inspector Liam Kinsella said the dogs’ owner, Raymond Costello of Chapelizod Road, Dublin, admitted he was responsible for the docking.


Mr Costello was fined €850 in his absence at Dublin District Court after he failed to appear in court on a charge of ill-treating three Yorkshire Terrier pups at his home on September 7 last year. Docking is used in dog breeding for cosmetic purposes, but is considered by animal welfare groups to be mutilation.

  The animals were taken to veterinary surgeon Joe Neylon, who said there were infections in the tails of the two younger pups.  The pups, who were in psin and distress, were treated, although the tails could not be saved.

  Judge Ann Watkins said although Mr Costello did not turn up in court, it was not a case of ongoing cruelty as he had no previous convictions.  She refused an application to disqualify him from owning dogs.  She also refused a DSPCA application to retain the dogs in their keep which means they will have to be returned to Mr Costello.  She ordered that he pay €150 costs as well as the €850 fine.

  A second alleged cruelty case over a malnourished Boxer dog was dismissed by Judge Watkin because the prosecution was “drawing deductions of cruelty” from its condition.

  Ballymun Horse Project founder, Victoria McElligott of Crannoge Close, Poppintree, Dublin, denied she was the owner of the Boxer bitch which was found by the DSPCA in a makeshift enclosure in the horse project’s tables on November 2 last.  She claimed it was owned by her daughter, Vicky junior.

  The court heard the dog had no access to food and water and its ribs were sticking out.

‘Sickening’ scenes as hare fed to dogs

Evening Herald, 27/03/2006

Gardai are investigating incidents of “sickening” cruelty in which live hares have been fed to greyhounds on a west Dublin housing estate.

  The incidents came to light after a member of the public saw group of youths taking two live hares from a sack and throwing them to a pack of dogs.  The hares were killed by the greyhounds and dismembered instantly.

  The attack took place on St Cuthbert’s Park, Deansrath, Clondalkin, on Saturday March 11.

  Gardai believe the youths were involved in the illegal practice of blooding the greyhounds who are then taken hunting for hares and rabbits most likely as part of their training for racing.

  Since the cruelty was uncovered garda patrols have been increased on the estate.

  The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and South Dublin County Council’s dog wardens have also both become involved.  It has emerged that this incident was only one of a number of similar cases to have taken place.

  A spokesman for the DSPCA said his organisation had learned of a number of illegal blooding cases involving live hares in the area.  He said some of these had taken place on the street in the Deansrath housing estate.  The society has also received reports of attacks taking place in the grounds of a company in the Clondalkin area.

Give us back our dog

Shattered owners make desperate pleas for their beloved stolen pooches to be returned unharmed

The Star, 09/04/2006

Hundreds of animal lovers around Ireland have fallen victim to the dognapping trend that has swept the country.  see more

‘Sacrificial’ lamb tied and stuffed in plastic bag

Dying sheep in immigrant house

Evening Herald, 04/05/2006

An animal rescue worker found a live “sacrificial lamb” bound with twine and stuffed into a black plastic bag when he called to investigate a Dublin house.

  Fifteen children sang at the top of their voices and sat on top of the bag which contained a badly injured sheep, to avoid it being detected.

  However, DSPCA driver Tony McGovern found the bad containing the sheep being hidden under laundry.

  The sheep’s spine was broken as a result of having its legs tied and being sat on by so many children.

  It had to be put to sleep shortly after it was rescued due to its injuries.

  It is believed the animal was brought to the home to be slaughtered for food or religious sacrifice.


Mr McGovern says the slaughtering of farm animals such as sheep, chickens and goats is growing in worrying numbers among the immigrant community.

  “This happens on a regular basis. It’s savagery of the highest form. The animals are slaughtered in the kitchen, the back garden or even the front garden. They mutilate them for food or religious beliefs and it’s not humane in any way. You need a slaughtering licence in Ireland to do that but they don’t.”

Two weeks ago, assisted by Tallaght gardai, Mr McGovern arrived at the scene to search the house.

  A resident on the Tallaght estate had witnessed the animal being dragged into the house.

  Tony explains: “I went upstairs and into the boxroom where there were about 15 minors singing a song in a foreign language and there seemed to be dirty laundry everywhere. I prodded the washing but there didn’t seem to b8e anything there so I moved to the next room but when there was nothing there either I came back to the box room. I pulled away the sheets and I found the sheep in a black bag and bound with baling twine around his four legs…the poor thin was suffocating.”

The animal was brought to the DSPCA shelter where it was later put to sleep because of its injuries.

  It remains unclear as to where the foreign nationals are getting these animals as all farm animals are required to be registered.

  Tony says: “Either they’re stealing them or they’re buying them from some farmer who shouldn’t be selling them. They would be tagged if they were stolen and this one had no sign of a tag so it’s a mystery really.”

  Tony, who runs the emergency line for the Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says such instances are becoming all too common.


  “I watched a man who had 15 chickens in a box which would normally fit two, taking them out,0 burning them with cigarettes and spitting on them before choking them,” he says.

  “There were women out in the same garden with pots, plucking them and throwing them into the water. It’s hard to see that being done.”

The DSPCA has appealed to people not to sell animals that they suspect will be slaughtered in this manner.

  If people spot neighbours bringing home farmyard animals that appear to be for slaughter they should contact the DSPCA immediately on 01-4935502.

Freezing dog left to die giving birth to her eight pups

Cruelty beyond belief as new-borns perish on St Partick’s Day

Evening Herald, 31/03/2006

This pitiful pregnant dog and her eight pups have all perished because the mother’s cruel owner left her vainly fighting for life.

  The exhausted and heavily pregnant dog was discovered freezing and crouching under bushes in south Dublin waiting to give birth.

  She was covered with severe mange, with bad cuts and sores and was trying to find a little shelter where she could deliver her pups on one of the coldest nights of the year.

  The gentle 10-year-old Lurcher eventually did give birth to eight tiny, undernourished pups, buut they were too weak to survive and had no chance.

  And their withering mother died in the massive effort trying to deliver the large litter.

  The dog, named Fossa by workers in the DSPCA HQ in Rathfarnham, was rescued from the bushes near an industrial estate in south Dublin on a day when the nation is celebrating all that is great about the Irish – St Patrick’s Day.

  All nine died as a result of “inexcusable neglect”, said Inspector Penny White of the DSPCA, who attended to the bitch when the charity was urgently contacted by a distressed passer-by who spotted the dog’s ordeal.

  “This dog had obviously been kept in a very bad condition over a long period of time and would have been emaciated,” said Inspector White.

  “It’s disheartening to think that because of the neglect and cruelty, a total of nine dogs died. Without the call from the concerned member of the public, this dog and her puppies would have died suffering and alone.”

The appalling waste of life follows another cruelty case heard in court last week involving the inhumane and terribly painful docking of three puppies’ tails.

  Docking is a cosmetic procedure used in dog breeding, but causes major hardship for the canine as the tail withers and falls off.

  The dogs’ owner, Raymond Costello of Chapelizod Road, Dublin, was fined €850 in his ab8sence for ill-treating three Yorkshire Terrier pups at his home on September 7 last year.

  In the case of the frightened pregnant Lurcher – a breed that’s popular among Travellers – it was admitted to the DSPCA pound on March 17th.

  “Unfortunately, due to complication at birth caused by her poor physical health and advanced age, Fossa had to be put to sleep, the puppies who were so weak, they did not survive either,” said Inspector White. Fossa had been bred many times before and had never been neutered by her owners, who basically left the animal for dead.

  When Fossa was brought to the shelter, the animal was made as comfortable as possible so she could give birth to her puppies in safety and peace.

Cowboys’ legacy of cruelty and death

Evening Herald, 06/04/2006

Animal welfare officers have discovered a gruesome legacy of death, destruction and terrible cruelty inflicted on horses by Dublin’s ‘urban cowboys.’

  DSPCA officials were dispatched to fields of ex4hausted, badly emaciated horses that were either reduced to skin and bare bones; barely surviving or were dead and devoured by rats or foxies.

  The ‘killing fields’ were found at an old dump site at Dunsink, Finglas and their owners – suspected young horse keepers – had actually covered up stricken creatures with old car bonnets or trees to prevent the DSPCA from finding them in further inspections.


The suffering experienced by the horses were uncovered in recent days following anxious calls from locals and passing drivers.

  They were in urgent need of veterinary attention, food and water.

Dublin’s bareback urban cowboys buy and sell horses and ponies, often in the Smithfield market in inner city Dublin and then let them feed in parks or lands near their home.

  Furious Liam Kinsella of the DSPCA told that when he first went to location near Finglals the first animal he saw was a fatigued female that had either given birth or was in the process of aborting.

  A truck driver had seen the horse roll down that morning and on passing again later contacted the DSPCA as the horse had not got up.

  The dark horse was in agony and had to be shot on the spot – with a humane gun – as she was in such a bad state at the wasteland.

  “It was lying down on bits of an old metal bumper. It had no body weight and if it moved slightly it would injure itself on the metal,” said Mr Kinsella. Another horse was found by a hedge, lying beside a football, having been dead for four to five weeks and had his head and flesh eaten by vermin.


It was positioned around 500 ft from the first horse that was put to sleep. Another extremely skinny horse was rescued from a group of five and was successfully brought back to the shelter and is now being nursed back to some health.

  Groups of horses are still on the site and the DSPCA’s investigation is ongoing this week.

  The land borders two Dublin country councils and is owned by a developer who was unaware the horses were put out to graze on the wasteland, said the DSPCA. Last Sunday, Liam Kinsella said he witnessed a 12 year old boy buying a pony at the monthly Smithfield market for €150.

  Mr Kinsella said it was “impossible” to find licensed owners who would claim responsibility.

  He said the owners were more than likely “ordinary lads from housing estates who go to the Smithfield horse fair and don’t realise the expense, care or skills involved in maintaining the horse.

  “They just find a green belt area, put the horses on it and think they have fulfilled their duty.”

He commented that education and legislation was very poor in this sector and that the compulsory microchipping of horses needs to be introduced.

Slaughter of pups shocks residents

Irish Independent, 27/04/2006

Gardai are investigating the brutal killing of two pet pups which were slain with a lump hummer and nailed to a fence.

  The vicious slaughter of the dogs, believed to be Jack Russell terriers, happened in Sycamore Drive in Newtownmountkennedy, Co Wicklow, last weekend.

  It is understood an allegation was made that there were complaints about the pups. The dogs were nailed to a fence between two properties.

  Gardai were called in along with the ISPCA. Wicklow County Council is also examining the case.

  The incident has left locals in a state of shock.

  Councillor Conal Kavanagh said there was deep upset among neighbours in the estate that such brutal suffering could have been inflicted.

“The council has to take that into account in their investigations as a matter of urgency, “ he added.

Farmers hang dead dog on gate

Evening Herald, 20/04/2006

This is the brutal sight which greeted motorists as they passed through a busy farming community plagued by dog attacks.

  Furious with the ongoing problem of sheep killings, farmers in Monaghan tied a dead Labrador dog to a gate alongside slain sheep.

  The horrific display was organised by frustrated farmers, furious at the latest killings of their flocks.

  However, it was met with shock from animal welfare groups, who described the protest as “gruesome”.

  Tina Boyle, an inspector with the ISPCA in Cavan, said she did not believe putting dead animals on public display was the correct way to tackle the problem.

  The Irish Farmers Association also expressed shock at the manner in which the dead dog had been put on public display.

  A spokesman admitted: “I think there would be unease about that.”

  Henry Byrnes, the IFA’s national sheep committee chairman, said: “Every flock owner has the right to defend his sheep but we would not condone putting dead animals on display.”

The dog was shot by a farmer who intercepted a pack of hounds as they targeted his sheep.

€6,000 bill for cramping dogs.

Irish Independent, 03/09/2006

A man who transported greyhounds from Ireland to England to race them has been ordered to pay £4,000 (€6,000) towards the cost of his prosecution after he appeared before an English court accused of carrying them in cramped cages. Bernard Martin McBride of Ardmayle Cashel, Co Tipperary, pleaded guilty when he appeared before magistrates in Bristol yesterday, to a transit offence in relation to 10 greyhounds. The court heard how the police pulled over a white Mercedes van in August last year and found it contained rows and rows of caged dogs, with further rows behind them. Animal welfare inspector Glyn Roberts, who was called to assist, found the dogs in small, stacked cages, some of which were just 32.28 inches high. One black and white greyhound had been transported in a collapsible travel cage which was lower in height than the peak of the dog's back bone - let alone his head carriage, she said.

Revealed; the dog-doping secret., 18/5/2006

Sports Minister critical of parties involved in doping controversy. Sports Minister John O'Donaghue has criticised parties involved in the Bord na gCon doping controversy for commenting publicly on the matter against his wishes. Former Chief executive Aidan Tynan has maintained his silence in recent days, however Bord na gCon Chairman Pascal Taggart issued a statement last night in which he claimed a report, commissioned following a dog-doping scandal backed his position. Mr. Taggart says the report shows that Aidan Tynan was fired for reasons other than his stance on the doping issue. The affair began when Mr Tynan wrote a letter to the Sports Minister in January complaining that the board was covering up evidence of doping in greyhound racing.

Greyhound abandoned with ears cut off.

Irish Examiner, 14/04/2006

DNA samples have been taken from a greyhound which had its ears cut off in a determined bid by animal welfare authorities in Waterford to track down those responsible for the savage act. Yesterday, Andrew Quinn, Waterford SPCA, had enlisted the help of Bord na gCon and the Irish Coursing Club in bringing to justice those who mutilated Aoife, the young female pedigree dog. With her ears cut off, the dog was abandoned. She was found wandering the streets of Tramore, Co Waterford hungry, thirsty and terrified.

Sickening scenes as hares fed to dogs

Evening Herald, 27/03/20006  

Gardai are investigating incidents where live hared are being fed to greyhounds in a West Dublin housing Estate.a member of the public saw youths taking hares from a sack and throwing them to a pack of dogs.the hares were killed and dismembered immediately.It took place at St Cuthberts Pk Deansrath, Clondalkin.Gardai believe this blooding is in training for racing, this incident was one of a number in the area.also in the grounds of a Clondalkin Company.

Dog part owned by Vinnie Jones fails drug test

Irish Times, 23/03/2006

BOAVISTA, Owned by Jones and Irishmen Pat Curtin and Dinny Gould.

The top coursing greyhound has tested positive for drugs following the Irish cup in limerick.the win at the Irish cup stretched his unbeaten record to 24 courses since Sept 2005.

In taking on charlie Bird, RTE and the government. The Greyhound Industry scandal took another bizarre twist yesterday when the controversial chairman of Bord na gCon Paschal Taggart moved to defend his role in the sacking of its CEO Aidan Tynan and the covering up of two positive drugs tests on Irish dogs. Mr Taggart held a colourful press conference at Shelbourne Park dog track in Dublin in which he launched a vicious attack on RTE reporter Charlie Bird, he alleged that Mr Tynan might not have been sacked but for the intervention of Sports Minister John O Donoghu, he claimed that Tim Dalton, a former secretary-general of the Dept of justice, was incapable of investigating the scandal. In future he said, he would propose that all positive dope tests on dogs be published. The scandal erupted just over two weeks ago after Mr Tynan wrote to Mr O Donoghue complaining that positive drug tests had been suppressed by Mr Taggart. It has since emerged that two dogs were discovered to have been dosed with the human performance enhancing drug EPO in 2005.

Horror of dog found slashed.

News of the World, 23/04/2006

Vets hope DNA testing will help track down the owner of a mutilated Greyhound.Aoife whose ears had been cruelly hacked off was found dumped in Tramore, Co. Waterford.The ISPCAs Andrew Quinn said the dog is recovering from her ordeal.

Blooding Greyhounds

Irish Independent, 17/04/2006

The current investigation by Gardai into the greyhound blooding incident in a Dublin park is a numbing reminder that the practice continues despite being highly illegal. Blooding has been flagged over the years by racing scene journalist, John Martin, who is on record as saying that “the bald truth is that greyhound racing would not continue to exist without blooding (and) it follows that, with a constant greyhound population of close on 30,000, blooding must be widespread”.